Friday, October 26, 2012

Smile like ya mean it

Quick update heading into the weekend here y'all. Gonna do this one in list format.

  1. Maternity pants and a bra are about the most comfortable thing on the planet.
  2. I have been a raging bitch lately, thank you hormones.
  3. It's Alabama homecoming week, and it makes me proud to be an alum of the greatest university in the world!
  4. Hello random cravings. Cocoa puffs and bananas, yes PLEASE!
  5. Heartburn is getting worse by the day...really, rainbow sherbet?
  6. I'm so glad that I can have 2 caffeinated drinks a day. Coke, you are my savior.
  7. I really don't hate my job. We've come a long way!
  8. My friends and family have been really understanding about me not answering my phone. Trust me, you probably would prefer the silence to what could potentially come out of my mouth.
  9. If I could have one thing right now, it would be a bottle of myself.
  10. Oh, and some sudafed. Thank you sinus infection.

Enjoy the weekend, guys! <3

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stupid is as stupid does

So...this lady that lives in my say she is a drain on the fabrication of America is an understatement! Seriously....her and her husband are high on god knows what 24/7, and they pay their rent with social security checks. She admittedly has "never worked a day in her life," and she smells like fried chicken grease.

Seriously, it's disgusting.

Anyways, my job requires me to engage in somewhat pleasant banter with this woman. Let me also add that anytime I have to touch anything of hers, be it her key, money, whatever...I cover myself in hand sanitizer. Bskldfjslghohgkjh.

She comes in about a week ago and asks if I'm pregnant...."yup." Her response? "You go girl."


She comes in today and asks me....get this....if I have been to the doctor yet.

Again, really?

I'm over halfway through my pregnancy and you ask me if I have been to the doctor yet? In my head I immediately start to wonder if there are women out there who just...don't go.

Well, before I could even finish the thought she tells me- "my daughter got a frien' dats 9 months and she ain't even been. Says she don' wanna go. She havin stomach cramps n shit. Ain' even been to the em'urgent room or nothin."

This enraged me! How can you subject the child to that!? IT'S NOT FAIR! I mean, I understand there are people out there who don't know they're pregnant...c'mon, TLC has showed us plenty of that...but this girl knows! Okay the cost of it, right? Legitimate concern. Well, I didn't have insurance and guess what, the state is paying for it. I don't see a damn thing wrong with it either! I've been paying taxes since I was 18, and any more kids that we do have, we'll end up paying for.

The moral of this post is...ladies, go to the damn doctor! Make sure you and your baby are being well taken care of, before it's too late.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I'm a picker, I'm a grinner. I'm a lover, and I'm a sinner.

Sorry for the lack of posts, y'all. Been a busy little B! Get it, busy B... Haha :)

Hope everyone has been doing well. Thanks for hanging in with me and still readin'! I appreciate it more than you know.

I'm just sitting at work right now, clearly using my time wisely. We are so dead. We have about 40 reservations for the weekend (Alabama homecoming, game vs Mississippi State...Roll tide!). I've already got all my reservation packets ready for 'em. Make the check-in process as quick and painless as possible, for myself and the guest. We are overbooked will be a fun weekend...
Halloween is coming up! I wish we could do something super fun, but we're working, working, working! I think T might be taking off from his 2nd job Saturday so we can go to the game at least. Hey, some Alabama football is plenty celebration for me!

Tony and I had a really meaningful week in our relationship. Everyone goes through these points in relationships where, you might not realize it at the time, but after the fact you realize whatever you're working through has made you stronger.

The long story short is that T had an issue at work that was really getting under his skin. Now, my baby is not the guy that lets every little thing bother him. This was a build up of a lot of shit, over an extended period of time.

When he goes through these periods (once in a blue moon), he will go through every freaking emotion on the spectrum in a very short period of time. All I can do it anticipate the issue, and work with him as best I can. There wasn't any denying it coming. I dealt with it as best I could, until he reached the point where he was just being a baby.

Nothing I could do or say would make him see anything but the dark cloud hanging in front of him. Finally, I had enough of trying to make him feel just wasn't working! I just kinda snapped on him. Call it hormones, the pregnancy, whatever...I basically told him he was being a baby and he needed to man-up and realize how good we really do have it. I was a little harsh, but I think he needed to hear it.

The next day, we were both home for lunch and he was still pretty down. I, much more calmly this time, worked with him on what the issue really was. We got to the root of it. The whole time, he just wasn't understanding the psyche of these other people he works around.

This became a great thing for our relationship because of my degree. My whole focus of my communication degree is why people communicate (verbally and non verbally) the way they do! Had I known this was the problem from the beginning, we could have solved this before it was even an issue!

I explained some things to him that he knew but didn't know the term for and why people act in these certain ways. I even broke out one of my communication books and showed him scholarly examples. We really connected over it.  It gave me the educational validation I needed (but didn't know I needed), and helped him see defferent, more effective ways of facing the issues that were bothering him.

In the end, we had some amazing sex, and now we're both having a much better and productive week.

I guess sometimes ya just need to communicate!

Friday, October 19, 2012

L is for the way you look at me...

I have to say... being in love is such a fantastic feeling. Having your best friend beside you 24/7 is amazing. I really never get sick of him, it's weird in a way. I just don't understand these girls that get in "serious" relationships and mess with things in the past...ex-boyfriends, flings, crushes, crap like that. I can say this 100% honestly...I don't look at other guys. Now, when I say "look" I mean look as in looking for something else.

Don't get me wrong, if someone is attractive, I'm not going to deny it. Tony is the same way. If there is an attractive girl around, I know it, he knows it, why fight about it?

By look I mean, I've got the love of my life right here with me, I'm good. Exs try to contact me, ignored. People try to hit on me, denied. I'm proud of what I've got, what we've got. I've got perfection, why mess with it?

My whole point in this post is, why ruin a good thing? Why mess with perfection? As soon as I knew he was the one (and I knew quickly), I became blind to advances of others. They make me sick!  I get so annoyed when anyone even comes close to flirting with me, especially people that know how happy I am.

I've never been a cheater, never will be. I plan on getting married one time, and one time only. No divorce. No separation. After everything Tony and I have been through together, there is nothing we can't get past. We're in this relationship for a reason, God brought us together for a purpose, and I plan on spending the rest of my life finding that purpose.

Of course, we argue, fuss and fight, but who doesn't? There are no "perfect" relationships, but there are people who are perfect for each other, and we are definitely perfect for each other.

50 most awkward pregnancy portraits, ever!

If you need a really good laugh...

the 50 most awkward pregnancy portraits, ever!

Look, I get the whole "proud of your pregnancy" thing. I really do. I have a lot of self confidence right now, myself.


This crap is insane. I want to have some sort of pictures taken of Tony, Lily, and me and my belly, but I will be fully clothed. Period!

No horses, no drapes, and definitely no 4 lokos! Come on, girl! Get it together!

Crash into me

Hey y'all. Nothing too spectacular to update about today. Boring Thursday and Friday.  Let's recap!

Thursday was actually a pretty good day! I was off, and it was much needed. I hung out with mom and got lunch with her. Honeybaked ham...nomnomnom. So goodddd!

I had my 2nd ever cavity filled yesterday. :( The other one was bogus, dead tooth. Anyways, it took less than 20 minutes to do the whole thing...then half my face was numb for 5 hours. Score.

I also had one of the best haircuts I've ever had! Seriously! If you're in the Tuscaloosa area, go see Liz at Ulta. She's amazing! Love her! Can't wait to go back for color. :)

Rode with T on his delivery route last night. Made some extra money, can't complain!

Today is boring! Not anything really going on. Work is so slow! I've literally been playing Bejewelled and listening to the Ralphie May station on Pandora all day.

Comedy is keeping me awake, for sure.

Mom and dad are moving into their apartment today! I'm so happy they are getting out of that hotel room, finally! One step towards normalcy.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So I'm getting ready for work...

So, I'm getting ready to leave for work. Got it allllll planned out. Gonna call my grandma on the way, throw on some makeup, and get there with enough time to grab a coke before settling in at my desk. That must have been too good to be true.

I come down stairs, put my shoes on, grab my purse, and dig for my keys..........

....still digging.....

....look on the key rack....

....check the top of the microwave....

.....check the kitchen......

.....check the dining table.......


Where are my keys you're probably wondering....yeah, me too. They are in Tony's rental car.

That's right, in Tony's car... on the other side of town.

When we went to see my parents last night, he needed to check the mail. The key to the mailbox is on my keyring. He did not put them back where he got them from, and now I'm stranded at the apartment, late for work.

I called him 9 times before he finally answered....his response...."oh."

REALLY?! "OH?!"  lkjfskldfjwoibgrjgnsgjndfjkn!!!!!

He calls me back and asks me where my spare key is...wanna know where that's in his actual car, sitting over at Tuscaloosa Hyundai, being serviced!!! So now, I'm sitting here, waiting for him to finish whatever he's doing to bring me my damn key.

This is shaping up to be a great day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012



Diapers, dimples and DRESSES!

I am SO EXCITED I can't even tell you! I knew from the start, even before I was actually confirmed pregnant. I guess mom's just know!

Of course, no doctor will ever, ever say anything for definite. She did say, "well, I'm not seeing any outdoor plumbing!" Tony takes that to mean there is still a chance for a boy...but he's just as happy either way.

And, just like last week, everything looked great! Heart, brain, lungs, liver, spine, kidneys, everything looked perfect! Heartbeat was strong and steady.

So, FINALLY, Peanut is really Riley Greer DiPastena <3 <3 <3

And I couldn't be more excited!!!!!!

I should also mention this caused a fight between my mother and I. She sent a mass text out before I had the chance to tell any of my siblings or anyone. It really hurt me. It is the biggest news I/we've been able to tell, ever. I just wanted to be the one to tell it. I told her how upset it made me, and she swung it over to being about her. I know her intentions are good, she's an amazing mom and grandmother, she just needs to not be so controlling. Now she has turned her phone off, and won't answer the hotel phone either. Tony and I are going over there after work to smooth things over.

And people wonder why I tend to be "so emotional."

Round 2!

Okay so today is ultrasound round 2! Hopefully we'll finally find out what we're having. The suspense is killing me!!! Well, maybe not killing....I'm just ready to know.

I had a strange dream last night. Apparently, I was having a boy and the whole dream was about people congratulating me on my Facebook. It was weird. Typically when I have baby dreams, I see a baby...Not this time. Could it be a sign of things coming later today? We'll see!

Everyone keeps telling me it's a boy. I think my best friends know how much fun I'll have with a girl, so they want that for me...but deep down they think it's a boy. I am "sitting low" as they say. That's "a sign of a boy," so to speak.

Like I've said a million times, I really don't care what Peanut is, just as long as he/she is healthy!

Last night I felt pretty icky. Just all over blahhhh. I got a little lightheaded and dizzy when I was taking our dinner out of the oven...and by dinner I mean the frozen pizza we bought...because after working 10.5 hrs, I really didn't feel like cooking. I drank some orange juice and laid in front of the fan for a while. Felt alright after that. I think I just needed some rest.

I scratched the skin underneath my right eye in the middle of the night. No real point in blogging just hurt.

Sorry if I seem a little scatter-brained today. I'm just really, really anxious about the appointment.

That lil booger better uncross those legs today!

Friday, October 12, 2012

It's a....

It's a rescheduled appointment. Our lil Peanut had its legs crossed. Stubborn little thing...

I don't want to sound like a baby, but I cried when we got in the car. I just wanted to know so badly! I know, I know, it doesn't make any difference either way...but I just WANT TO KNOW!

So, we have another appointment on Tuesday. This time, I'll be sure to have some caffeine before we go. Make sure that little booger is up and moving!

The good news about the appointment is that everything is developing normally. Heart rate was strong and steady, heart development was great, brain, kidneys, lungs and liver look great, spine looks wonderful, umbilical cord is strong, and Peanut is right on track with the due date- 2/23/13! He/she is right at 12" long and 14 oz! Big, healthy baby!

We got more pictures, but they're not nearly as good this time around. Hopefully Tuesday we'll get some better ones. I was so excited to be able to tell AJ/Riley we found out what he/she was on 10/11/12....oh well. Now I'll be able to tell the story of how he/she started out as a stubborn, little brat.

Just kidding <3

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Baby, There's a shark in the water is going by incredibly slow. It's like every second is taking 5! Geeze...I'm ready for tomorrow.

Today is my sister's birthday! Even though we tend to fight like cats and dogs, I love her dearly. She has always been a big part of my life.

I can't think about anything but tomorrow morning! I wonder if I'll be able to sleep tonight...? I have 57,000 people to call and/or text tomorrow before the gender hits facebook, but I can't wait!!!
Not too much to update about today. We had our quarterly review board here at work today. We passed, but I don't know yet if we did well enough to bonus out. I hope so. I could really use some extra cash, but again, who couldn't?

Two more long, grueling hours here before I can split. It's driving me nuts. ARGHHH!!!

We decided to let both of our moms come tomorrow. At first, we wanted to do it alone, but then with everything going on with my parents...well, Mom kinda played the fire card. Then, we couldn't invite my mom and not T's. Cindy is having a sleep study done on that side of town anyways. If she gets done in time, she's more than welcome to come.

It's almost sureal to me, that we're finally going to know the gender. No more "it," but maybe still a few "Peanuts." Tomorrow it's Riley or AJ. <3

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

30 years of wedded bliss

Today is my mom and dad's 30th wedding anniversary. :) Wow....30 years! That's such a long time! I'm really proud of them. They've been through so much, especially lately, and are still doing so well. Their relationship has taught me so much about life, love, respect, and trust.

I can't wait to see what the next 30 years has in store for all of us, and I can't wait til I can say that T and I have been together that long. Love is such a beautiful thing. I'm so blessed to have found my soulmate.

I wish I could do more to show them how proud I am that they have made it so far. How do you tell your parents "thanks for sticking it out..." or "thanks for meeting and doing the whole marriage and kids thing..." maybe "great job on beating the odds!"

I joke, but they really are an inspiration. If I'm not mistaking on the number of years, my paternal grandparents, Ginna and Papa were together 68 years when Papa died. Can you imagine all the things they saw in their 68 years together? On their honeymoon, they spent 3 months traveling through Europe. Three freaking months! Can you imagine that kind of honeymoon? Phewww!

Anyways, T and I have a long legacy to live up to. I know we can do it. He's my bestest best friend! I can't imagine spending a day without his crazy ass by my side. I can't wait til our lil sidekick arrives either. :) :) :)

On another note, I feel like dog's ass today. Not overwhelmingly sick in one way or another, just all around crappy. I've been running things all day here by myself, no lunch break or anything. Not that I can't handle it, it would just be nice to get the hell out of here for an hour or so. If the manager comes back at all, I'm thinking I'll ask him if I can just go home early and let him close for the day. I think that's fair.

I will say this, our maintenance guy here at work found a piece of a crack rock when a guest moved out today.

Super classy.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Polling data

So I made 2 different statuses on facebook as to wether everyone thinks Peanut is going to be a girl or boy! So far people are leaning towards girl...and I kinda am, too.

See, the whole reason I decided to take the 1st pregnancy test was this really odd dream I had. I don't think I've written about this yet so yeah....

I was napping on the couch, feeling super sick. Tony was going to get us some Jimmy Johns for dinner. I had this dream where I could see myself sleeping on the couch, and a spirit of a girl just entered my body...and I just woke up. It was really weird. That's when I remembered I had a pregnancy test upstairs (from the whole birth control recall from a few months back), and decided to take it. Within SECONDS it said pregnant. I called T, told him to come back right now....and here we are!

Anyways, that's why I've been leaning towards girl this whole time. I know T wants the boy so bad he can't stand it, but I know he will absolutely fall in l-o-v-e with his daughter the second he sees her on that screen on Thursday.

Onnnnn that note, this week is gonna absolutely creep by. I guess I should go to work now. Blahhhhhh.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Funday!

Happy Sunday, y'all.

I've been super productive this morning. Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! The whole downstairs (well, except the bathroom) is spotless! Working upstairs right now. I'm on my 2nd load of laundry, too! I love a clean house! It makes me feel....comfortable.

T made $230 freaking dollars on deliveries with Wing Zone (his 2nd job) last night. Can you say "holy crap?" Anyways, since we did so well last night, he got us Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Mmmm hashbrown casserole... nom nom nom

Speaking of casseroles, mine turned out pretty good. It did taste a little bland and not nearly as creamy as I would have liked. Hot sauce fixed the 1st issue. Next time, I think I'll add either cream cheese or sour cream. I'll definitely add the water-chestnuts, too. Maybe some corn and a little onion....we'll see.

So, how much of a genius am I you ask? Oh well, pretty much the most genius ever. I had an extra car air freshener laying around, so ya know what I did? I clipped it on the vent in our kitchen. Boom. Did I just blow your mind? I know, it's okay to be amazed. The whole downstairs smells like strawberry lemonade. It's lovely. :)

We're about to go clean our cars, go see mom and pops for awhile, then later we're having dinner with T's family.

I love Sunday's. <3

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Week 20 baby update!

Wooooah! Our lil Peanut has eyebrows and eyelashes now! That's crazy!! Apparently it's about 10 inches long and 10 ounces! Peanut's not such a peanut anymore!

I need to take my pre-admission papers to DCH Northport ASAP. Maybe I'll just do it Thursday after we have the ultrasound.

I still can't believe we'll know the gender next week! This is so freaking cool!

I wonder how far into the pregnancy can the baby be born and survive outside the womb...? I know 20 weeks is not nearly enough time for out lil bun to bake, I'm just curious.

Premature babies always make me think of that episode of Roseanne (my all time favorite show) where Darline goes into labor. The baby is super premature and still survives. It always makes me cry.

I'm about to get off work, go home and test my casserole out, and sleep! Mommy needs a nap... <3

Some people...

I'm not making any kind of effort at work today. The weather is making me sleepy, and I wish I was at home in bed with my love. Sadface.

Lily threw up twice this morning...poor puppy. I put her in bed with her daddy. Nothing like cleaning up dog puke in the a.m. Hmmmph.

I decided to try a recipe in my crockpot this morning. It's gotta cook for like 5 hours so it should be ready by the time I get home from work. I found a similar recipe online and then just kinda winged it.

It's tater tots, cheese, chicken and bacon caserole! It needs a better name.... I bought waterchestnuts for it, too...but forgot to put em in. I got the tatertots that have the onion flavor, put half the bag on the bottom, then a layer of the 5 cheese Mexican blend. Next I put a layer of boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks. Then came some bacon. Finally the rest of the tots, cheese, chicken, bacon, and a little more cheese. Poured in 1/2 cup of 2% milk and covered it. Put it on low. Forgot to add salt and pepper, but I can always do that later. I'll probably add the waterchestnuts on top, too. I'll let you guys know how it turns out.

So we hired this guy to do our night safety/office work. He's a decent guy, good at his job for the most part...but for some reason I just can't stand him! I don't know what it is, seriously! He never did anything rude or that would piss me off...I just don't like him. I don't like it when he's in the room, I don't like to see him walk by, I don't like the way he smells, I just plain don't like him. Tony says I need to give him a chance...I try but....AHHHH!!! He says really stupid things and talks about work all the freaking time. I get it, you did something. Cool. Do you want a cookie? Good. Lord.

That's enough for now. I need something with some caffine in it before my head explodes.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Name changing and presents

I wish there was another occasion where I was just randomly given gifts....

Seriously! There are really only 2 occasions in life where you're just randomly given gifts, pregnancy and  engagement.

Tony's folks stopped by my work with a goodie bag of stuff for peanut! Onesys, bottles, and the CUTEST frog thermometer! Yesterday Mama bought Peanut a onesy that says "I drool crimson and white," and a white bib with a houndstooth elephant...TOO CUTE!

It is really hard to believe that this time next week I will be in full baby mode... I am so excited to know what I can call our baby. It's just weird not knowing at this point. I try to talk to it every chance I get...I just want to be specific.

I think we have officially changed the girl name to Riley Greer DiPastena instead of Layla Grace DiPastena. I mean...Layla was always the fake name I gave out at the bars to guys I didn't want anything more than a free drink out of sooooo....maybe it is better this way.

I see us having a Riley. It's such a cute name. We just have to run it by Tony's sister Michelle before it is official. It was her backup name if Andrew was a girl. I don't want to step on her toes or anything. It's just the polite thing to do.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I think I just peed my pants...

I wish I was kidding. I coughed a little too hard... And I'm pretty sure my undies are soaked.

We're about 15 minutes from home. This sucks.

Also my nipples are leaking because T decided to pinch one. Why you might ask? Because I playfully punched him in the arm.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Here I am, stuck in the middle with you...

Alright, time to get back at it with this thing. How am I ever going to make this thing pay off if I don't keep updating it, right?


I have all this crazy energy lately, and I've been really positive as well. I feel like, especially with everything that has been going on lately, being negative is a waste of my time.

My parents are doing really well, all things considered. It's been a tough road, but we'll get through it. Thank God for good insurance, right?

The fire started in their garage by their 2003 Cadillac CTS, around 4am Monday the 24th. The car hadn't been driven since Saturday around 9pm. Crazy, right? Once it reached the attic, there wasn't a prayer. The whole house is ruined. My parents have a lot of decisions to make, and it's going to be a long rest of the year (at the very least).

The most important thing is that they are alive, and they had really good insurance. Had they not...well, I don't even want to think about it. I'm just so thankful for smoke alarms and the Hartford. Everything is going to be okay.

Their 30th wedding anniversary is next week. We have a lot to celebrate. :)

AND.... one week from tomorrow, we find out if our little Peanut will be wearing cleats or tutus!! I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!! Tony is absolutely positive it's a boy. I don't care either way. I was thinking girl...but I don't have a clear read on it. I know I'll be a HUGE ball of tears either way.

So. Pumped.

My cousin, Baby Preston, is off of all medications at this point. It's now between him and God what happens next. He is doing as well as can be expected. They are doing CPAP tests to gauge his breathing. So far, so good! Apparently his nervous system is responding! If you pinch him, he flinches! Normally I don't condone pinching a child...but whatever it takes to wake that little butt up.

I keep praying for him constantly, and I hope you are too. It has to be paying off! We are still holding strong that he is a little miracle child, and God has big things in store for him. Keep praying!

That's all for now! I gotta find some way to get this energy out of me!