Wedding Album

Well, after almost two years of marriage we are finally going to get our wedding album. It’s been a long wait but the album proof turned out to be beautiful so I’m glad it’s on the way. I decided I’d really like to show people at my baby showers since a lot of those people attended our wedding but never saw the amazing photos. Isabel and Thet from Allure Imagery are the talented photographers that shot our wedding day and I’m so happy they did. The wait for photos and albums was way too long but what are you going to do?

Here is a link to the album proof if you’d like to check it out. It is in book style so try to imagine the layout with one page on each side.

Username is: MollyNaamanAlbum

Password is: longview

Both are case-sensitive. Enjoy!

25 week belly bump

I’ll be 25 weeks tomorrow and here is my latest belly bump update
(since everyone I know is dying to see me gain weight).

Look, no stretchmarks yet! And with the help of some magic oils I don’t plan on getting them. I believe I’m up about 12 lbs from my original weight, which is right on target. I am supposed to gain about 20 to 25 lbs per my doctor. We’ll see where I am at my appointment next week.

Going Gray

About a week ago I was washing my hands in the bathroom and looked up in the mirror. Something shiny reflected light off the top of my head and so I dried my hands and tried to find the object that had caught my eye. Suddenly, I realized that the object was one lone grayish-white strand of hair. I couldn’t really tell if it was gray, white, silver or what. But there was no doubt about it. It’s different than the other colors of my hair.

Now I realize that pregnancy hormones can change all kinds of things including your hair color. The fact is I haven’t gotten my hair highlighted since last September. It’s okay to highlight it once you’re in the second trimester but I just haven’t felt like spending $100 on my hair. Seems like a waste in the grand scheme of things. So I’ve let my natural color come through for the first time since my freshman year of college (1997). I used to be a white-headed little girl. My hair was as light as the fluffy white part of a dandelion when I was a kid. Even in high school, I never had to highlight it because it was always the prettiest color of bright yellow. Now it seems that things are changing. It’s still blonde but it’s a darker shade of blonde with some red strands coming through (must be the Irish in me).

I took a deep breath after I found this gray hair and quickly gave my head a once over to see if there were more. I only found a few quietly hidden under the top. But it only takes a few to let you know that you are not who you once were. For the most part, I’m not scared of turning thirty. I am actually excited about starting a new decade of my life and making it the best one yet. A lot of wonderful things happened in my twenties. I graduated with my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I met the man of my dreams, married him, traveled with him and started a family with him. But there was still so much uncertainty. I know there will be for the rest of my life but as you get older, you grow and become wiser and you realize, “Hey, I guess I don’t know everything there is to know about life.” The trick is being okay with that and hanging on for the ride.

Both of my parents have a full head of white hair now. I always figured the same would happen to me. I just didn’t figure I’d see my first one at the age of 29. I was hoping for more like 40. So, I might be calling the salon soon. No, I’m not scared to get older but I plan on looking fine while I’m doing it. Nothing wrong with a hot mama in her thirties!

Bye Bye Office! Hello Nursery!

Our home office has officially been turned into a nursery. We sold our desk and Klik Klak sofa on Craigslist (love it) in preparation for our son. Naaman put up the crib in about 45 minutes this past weekend and I can’t get over how beautiful it looks. It made me wish I had everything already so I could decorate it now. But I realize a lot of that stuff will come from showers so we have to hold out. Still, it great to have it up. I find myself going into the room and just standing there staring at it. I am so happy it’s ridiculous. I just can’t wait until our son is home with us and I can rock him to sleep and stare at an actual baby in the crib.

Naaman getting started. Let’s see if he uses the directions.

Roxie wanted to help. She can tell something is up!

A thumbs up means we’re getting there.

It’s done and it’s gorgeous! Thanks Honey!

He also put up the dresser/changer but my camera ran out of batteries before I could take a picture. I had to go to Wichita for a work meeting last night. I got home very late but Naaman was waiting up for me and told me to go into the room and open the top two drawers. He had taken the tiny clothes we’ve received so far, folded them and put them in the dresser. It doesn’t get more cute than that. I love that he wants to be so involved and is so excited with every passing day. It is amazing to have a partner who is so present in his journey to fatherhood. I’m sure I have Neil and Connie to thank for that : )

Speaking of names, I might as well just come on out and say the name because Naaman has told everyone and it’s no big secret. Our son’s name will be Landon. This is the name of the character in one of my favorite books, “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks. I always liked it and kept it in the back of my mind for when I got pregnant. I was scared to share it because everyone always gives their two cents whether it’s positive or not and I didn’t want anyone ruining my favorite boy name. But everyone we’ve told loves it so it is official. It has felt right from the beginning. We call him by name all the time now. I talk to him and I say, “Mommy loves you Landon.” Just last night I told him that we’re in this life together no matter what happens. I sure hope he loves me and is happy that I’m his Mommy. Because I am so full of love for him already. I can’t wait for his little fingers to wrap around my own. It will be the sweetest day when we can finally hold Landon in our arms.

This past Saturday I coordinated what will be my final wedding for awhile. I didn’t think it would be a good idea to take on brides while I was 7-8-9 months pregnant. I’ll be 6 months on Friday and although it was a beautiful day it was tough getting through it. My bride and groom were Angie and Brent and all day long I could see the excitement in both of their eyes. Angie never stopped smiling for a minute. It was an amazing wedding and I am always so thankful when a couple allows me to share in such an important day.

It was even more fun because I got to work with Josh & Jenny Solar, the photographers, for the first time after hearing such great stuff about them. Jenny is pregnant with her third child and is two weeks ahead of me. We both talked about being sick because she was really sick with the flu just like me. Only she was hospitalized three times. I was only hospitalized once. She told me about a foot soak that sounds amazing and we talked about hiring them to take Landon’s photos during his first year. I am SO excited to hire them.

One of my favorite things about coordinating weddings is it gives me a chance to work with amazingly talented and creative people in the wedding industry. Whether it be cake makers, floral designers, photographers, I am always blown away with the talent in Kansas City. But I must admit that Jenny and Josh are my new favorites : ) Not only are they talented but they are fun and down to earth. Hopefully I’ll be back to planning weddings in the summer of 2009.

Here are some teaser photos from their blog of the wedding I coordinated. Congratulations Angie & Brent. I hope you have fun in the Bahamas and many years of happiness to follow!

More Milestones

Naaman felt the baby move for the first time last Wednesday. He was kicking up a storm so I put Naaman’s hand on my lower belly just like every night before and watched his face. I felt a swift thud and suddenly Naaman’s face and eyes lit up as if it were Christmas morning. He said “Oh my God, I felt that one!” I started crying (I’m hormonal, so sue me). He asked if that was him and I said, yep, sure was. He is such a strong kicker. Maybe he’ll be a soccer player, which I’m sure would have Naaman beaming. Sometimes I can’t concentrate at work because he is moving and kicking so much. I’m happy because that lets me know he’s safe and sound in the womb. But at the same time I think, “Hey kiddo, give Mommy a break while I’m in a meeting once in awhile.” So that was our big milestone last week.

We also ordered the crib and dresser/changer combo on Saturday. I am so excited for it to get here and set it up in the nursery. We still have to move our office to the den in the back of the house before we can paint and set up the nursery. We are still undecided on our bedding and colors for the nursery. I am indecisive even though I know the baby won’t care if it’s a jungle theme or pink polka dots!

Here is the new crib we ordered (minus the turtle bedding). The crib is beautiful and the company plants 10 trees when you purchase a crib so it’s environmentally friendly as well, which always makes me happy.

Here is the new dresser/changer combo we ordered. I like this because after diaper duty is over we can still use this piece of furniture because the changer comes off the top.
New belly pics (getting bigger everyday) and stories about a cute neighbor dog named Hashbrown are up next : )