Monday, October 27, 2014

33 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 33.1 weeks 
Appointments:  11
Ultrasounds:  6
Maternity Clothes:  Well... now my maternity clothes are getting tight.  Pierce is growing like crazy!  I was hoping not to gain much more weight, but it just keeps coming and as long as he is healthy then it is fine by me.  I might have an excuse to go shopping! ;) I am hoping my clothes will stretch a few more weeks and make it to the end of my pregnancy.  
Stretch Marks?  Still just on my hips.  I'm very thankful!
Sleep:  Wow the fatigue is unreal lately!  I am glad I haven't had insomnia, but frequent trips to the bathroom and being uncomfortable has left me feeling tired all the time.  I usually end up falling asleep around 8-9 and still not feeling well-rested.  I fell asleep eating my lunch today.  My history of anemia doesn't help things I'm sure.  I have so much that needs to get done, but I remind myself that making a baby takes a lot of work.  I can't believe I am so far along! 
Miss anything? I have really enjoyed being pregnant more this last trimester, but there are times when I would like a break for a night to have my old body back.  I'm feeling very large this week and my hormones are all over the place.  I miss a lot of things, but am trying to soak everything in because I know it will be gone soon.  Everyone still tells me I will miss being pregnant, and although it is hard to believe, I'm sure they are right.
Movement:  At 32 weeks I had started feeling less turning/ kicking movement and more little movements of him just getting comfortable.  I love those little movements, however, in the past few days I feel like I have the Karate Kid in my stomach.  The jabs and pushing make me feel like he is coming through my abdomen.  I can see him pushing a limb or his little booty out of my stomach and it is painful.  I wonder if he is frustrated that he is running out of space or maybe he is claustrophobic like his mama.  Either way, I'm hoping he settles down soon and I can go back to enjoying the sweet baby movements rather than the forceful blunts that he has been hitting me with.  I have one strong boy!
Food cravings:  Food cravings have gotten much better.  One day at work I was feeling very foggy and fatigued.  I gave in at three and went to get a coke and then saw a certain sweet snack that I had to have.  Something I haven't had since I was a little girl, a honey bun.  It was so delicious and all I can think about now is getting my hands on another honey bun.  So unhealthy!  Hopefully, I will get it off my mind soon.
Symptoms:  Fatigue is the worst this week.  I also have heartburn and am experiencing abdominal discomfort from taking my iron pills.  
What makes you queasy?  Prenatal vital and iron pill.  Shew, shew, shew!
Is there a baby bump?  Oh yes!  I was told this week that I look very pregnant.  Most people tell me I look small to be as far along as I am, but I sure do feel big!
Labor signs:  No Braxton Hicks, but I have had some cramps.  Stomach pain of any kind scares me.  I've only had one time since the last time I blogged where I had consistent stomach pain which gave me a scare.  Of course, I was home alone and called Russ.  As soon as he got home and put his hand on my stomach I felt relief and fell asleep.  Russ is definitely my rock.  I couldn't have made it through this pregnancy without him.  
Belly button:  Still in, but I've noticed the top part of it sticks out some when I sit.
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody:  Moody.  Being so far along has brought on some anxiety for this NICU nurse mama.  I know too much!  The unknown is scary and knowing that God has entrusted Russ and I to be responsible for another human being is really setting in.  It's scary, but exciting!  My mood goes from happy to sad to scared to irritable... So many emotions because it is getting so real now.  I can't wait for him to be here and know that he is safe in our arms.  We are so in love with our baby boy.  Soon we will be a party of three!
Looking forward to:  Finishing his nursery in the next few weeks, washing all of his clothes and blankets, and more baby showers.
Memorable Moments for the week:  Seeing Pierce on the ultrasound screen in 3D for the second time.  Even though he was stubborn and we couldn't see him well, it was still nice to see his chunky cheeks.  I can't wait to kiss all over his squishy self!

Mama Update
Pierce is doing well!  My fluid was great, I am measuring right on track, his heart rate was perfect, and my blood pressure was 110/70.  They say my weight gain is good, although, I would love not to gain anymore.  I did get pretty sick at my appointment.  The ultrasound machine broke right when we were going to start recording him on the DVD that they give.  He was opening his mouth and we could see him pretty good.  I had to lie flat on my back, which is uncomfortable.  When I got off the table I noticed I got dizzy.  Then I had to lie down in another ultrasound room.  He was not cooperative with the working ultrasound machine (of course) and we barely could see anything due to my placenta and his hands being right in front of his face.  The US Tech had me turn from side to side over and over to try to get a better picture, with no improvement.  When I got up for the second time I felt very light-headed and the dizziness was worse.  Russ left to go back to work while I waited to see the doctor.  I ended up having to lie down and drink sprite because they noticed I was holding onto the wall while getting weighed from being so dizzy.  Poor Russ had to drive back and pick me up cause they didn't want me to drive.  I felt so guilty.  Plus, I admitted to not taking my iron pills like I should because they hurt my stomach so bad and I basically was told that I have to take them or I could be at risk for a blood transfusion at delivery.  There was also some protein in my urine, but besides that it looked good.  I researched that and they said it was normal.  For lunch that day I had soup and a grilled cheese, plus a fruit smoothie for breakfast.  I thought I had done good, but they said I need to be eating protein and that might have contributed to feeling so dizzy.  That made me feel even more guilty and I got pretty emotional after my appointment.  I want to be the best wife and mother possible, so even the littlest things bother me with these crazy pregnancy hormones.  I have started taking my iron pills again and am meal planning making sure I get protein at all of my meals.  I'm feeling much more positive and am trying to make myself as healthy as possible before the big day.  

Look at those chunky cheeks!!  I think he looks like his daddy, but we will see.  This was the best picture we got and it was taken before the machine broke and we had to switch rooms. I hope he likes to be cuddled because I don't think we will ever put him down.  We are so thankful for our precious baby boy!



Friday, October 10, 2014

We have a name!

Pierce Russell Swafford

We've had many questions about Baby Swafford's name, and although we have had the name for quite awhile, we made it "official on Sunday."  So what did I do?  Immediately order our stockings!  I am so excited to see his name in print, and I highly doubt we will be changing our minds. Picking a name out was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I felt an enormous amount of responsibility and wanted it to be perfect.  We have always loved the name Pierce, but after getting pregnant, I had commitment issues with it.  I can be pretty indecisive, but am totally in love with our sweet Pierce.  We have been calling him that for awhile now.  I was afraid it was too big of a name for a baby at first, however, now it flows pretty easy.  

All along, I wanted to be sure it was the right name.  For Russ there was no other name for him.  Every time I brought up a different name, he would say, "It's okay, but I like Pierce better."  I prayed about the name a few weeks ago and in that same day they said his name twice in church and I read it in a devotional.  I really felt like that was the name for him.  After our 3D ultrasound, we knew it was the right fit.  

So how did we come up with Pierce?  It isn't a family name, but one that has a lot of meaning to us.  The meaning of Pierce is rock.  It is an updated version of the name Peter.  Peter is Russ' favorite disciple and probably mine too.  We were watching the Son of God movie and we loved the part where Jesus tells them to, "Follow me and I will make you fisher of men."  I had bought sailboat bedding a couple of years prior, and I was so happy when we found out we were having a boy, so I could use it.  We want to do his nursery with that quote.  That is our prayer for our son that he will lead the lost to Christ.  Right after Sunday when we had a deep conversation about the name and decided that was it for sure, I started my next devotional.  The crazy thing was is that it was a study on Peter.  The devotional is on an app called, She Reads Truth.  In one part of the study it says, "Jesus, as Lord, can see beyond Peter's exterior appearance and actions.  Jesus sees him as a rock.  A fisher of men.  Jesus sees Peter as holy."  I sent it to Russ and it really solidified our decision.

And just as a side note: Russ and I have watched Bond movies since we started dating.  Pierce Brosnan is my favorite Bond.  (I am definitely not a Daniel Craig fan.  Bring back Pierce!)  However, his name didn't come from that.  We just really like it and the meaning behind it.  

As far as Russell, that is Russ' middle name and we want to honor his Papaw that passed away last year.  Russ takes after his grandfather a lot and we always knew for sure that would be his middle name.

So, that pretty much sums it up!  We love the name and cannot wait until he gets here!  



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

30 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 30.4 weeks 
Appointments:  10
Ultrasounds:  5
Maternity Clothes:  I'm getting to start to wear some of my Fall Maternity clothes, which makes me very happy!  I bought my last Maternity items the other day.  It was a sale and I wanted a dressier top to wear to baby showers.  They are coming soon and I'm so excited!
Stretch Marks?  Nothing bad.  I am so thankful!  My stomach looks good so far!
Sleep:  Bad, bad, bad!  I'm not usually just sitting up wide awake, but never fall into that deep, restful sleep.  It is more like waking up feeling like I got ran over.  The 3-4 trips to the bathroom, crazy dreams (and I mean cray, cray!), not being able to get comfortable, and refluxing the iron pill I took (gross!) all keep me from a good night's sleep.  I feel like it is God's way of preparing me to be a mommy, though.  I'll do anything for my precious boy.
Miss anything? Sleeping well and I would love to give up this acid reflux/ heartburn.  However, I have really enjoyed this week of pregnancy and am trying to soak it all in.
Movement:  Oh yes!!  I have gotten to feel hiccups this past week, which was so special!  One day I was thinking how I hadn't felt that yet and later that day they kicked in.  I also had a scare with sharp pains, Braxton Hicks, and a ton of movement.  I'm pretty sure that he was turning that Tuesday evening.  I started having less shortness of breath and less rib pain.  I went ahead and called out of work for Wednesday.  Friday was my appointment and, sure enough, he was head down.  I always thought I would have a C-Sec, but now who knows!
Food cravings:  Well, after the past weeks' cravings of sweets and birthday festivities, my weigh-in had shown I had quite a bit of weight-gain.  I felt guilty for feeding my baby empty calories.  This week, I'm trying to do better and meal plan.  I'm going to have to get the sweets out of my house because I have no self-control right now.  Hopefully, I can do better with this plan keeping my weight in-check and my iron up.  It has helped that my cravings only hit once in awhile, rather than all the time.
Symptoms:  The iron pill is killing me!  I would rather eat chicken livers everyday than take an iron supplement.  My paper said calf liver had the most iron and I saw it in the freezer section at Kroger.  I was very close to buying it.  I asked when my next blood test would be to test for the anemia and he said 36 weeks.  I wish I could know sooner.  Heartburn, reflux, upset stomach, and sleepless nights are my top symptoms.
What makes you queasy?  If I let myself eat something really sweet then I noticed it made me feel worse later.  That's another good reason to eat better!  And of course that stinky iron supplement is terrible!
Is there a baby bump?  I now can start using my bump as a table haha.  The other day at work I noticed that I was sitting a baby on my stomach to feed and burp her.  Who needs a Boppy or pillow when you have a nice, comfy belly? ;)
Labor signs:  The last post jinxed me!  I started feeling really anxious all at once for no reason.  Then I got sharp pains in my left side (which my doctor later told me was round ligament pain).  I tried to stay calm but started feeling tightening and could see my stomach tightening and releasing, which made me think contractions.  That is when I got totally scared.  I am scarred by being a NICU nurse.  I know way too much and visions of my baby with a tube down his throat and being stuck by needles started haunting me.  I started crying and Russ ran me some bath water.  The pain continued for three hours, though it was random and didn't get more intense.  I called out of work around 2:30 a.m. and would wake up every thirty minutes trying to check for movement.  He was moving great and his heart rate was good too (I have a home doppler).  The next day I stayed on my left side and drank plenty of water.  However, after calling the doctor's office twice and getting no answers, I was pretty nervous until my ultrasound a couple days later.
Belly button:  Innie still
Wedding rings on or off?  On, but have noticed my fingers still being puffy from time to time.
Happy or Moody:  Happy.  Even with the scares, this was my favorite week of pregnancy so far!  
Looking forward to:  All of it!  I am so excited!
Memorable Moments for the week:  Like I said, this week was my favorite.  Even with the scary Braxton Hicks contractions, I still really enjoyed this week.  I bonded with my baby and definitely feel like a mommy now.  Sitting up with him to make sure he was okay and knowing how scared I was showed me how much of a mommy I already am.  I also realized that I am going to worry about him the rest of my life! haha.  I loved seeing him on the 3D ultrasound.  He is the cutest and makes me look forward to tons of cuddles with him.  I'm so glad he is doing so well.  I also enjoyed celebrating 4 years of marriage with Russ.  We are so thankful that our son is coming into such a loving home.  

Mama Update
Friday morning, I had my second PT appointment.  This was with a women's specialist and she was great!  She gave me so many helpful tips about stretching and positioning.  Now that there is a real possibility of me delivering rather than C-Section, I really need to get on board and start doing all the stretches she recommended. I told her that I wish I had seen her at the beginning of my pregnancy.  I believe she said that your body changes 70% in the first trimester when you aren't even showing.  My third trimester is definitely my best and that explains why.  My aches and pains are so much more manageable now.  I feel very prepared for the next pregnancy (not any time soon hopefully).  At my check-up, my blood pressure was really good and the baby's fluid looked good as well.  He had a great heart rate and is head down.  I spoke with my doctor about not getting any feedback from the nurse as to what to do about the pains I had.  He looked in my chart and said the nurse put she called me back and left a message.  He had my number correct in his chart and I had ahold of my phone that whole day waiting for her call.  There was no ring and no voicemail.  (My VM box is empty, too).  Next time, I will just call over and over (apparently twice isn't sufficient).  Luckily, I'm a nurse and was pretty sure everything was okay, especially after speaking to some of my mama friends.  However, it did not set well with me that I might not be able to talk to my doctor when I need to.  He said I did everything right: turn to the left, lie down, drink plenty of fluids.  He also said to bring my knees to my chest for the round ligament pain.  I asked him about the blurred vision I had and he said it was common if you wear contacts.  In fact, he went on to say that they won't even re-evaluate your eyesight and give you a new prescription until 6 months after the baby is born.  I wish I had knowns that back in January and I would have bought those glasses I wanted.  Now, I will be waiting until next Summer.  So, all in all, everything is normal and going just as it should be.  I am so thrilled I am 30 weeks!!!  10 more or less to go!  Maybe that is why I am enjoying pregnancy so much more now.  Don't let me fool you though, I am also so ready for him to be here and then I want to pause time.  There is nothing like a newborn!

Weekend Recap

This past weekend I was off from work and we stayed in Knoxville.  I treasure weekends like this one where I get to spend so much time with Russ.  It makes my heart happy.

Friday, Russ got off work early and we went to see our sweet baby.  This was the 3D ultrasound and, oh my, I think my heart might have exploded when I saw his sweet face for the first time.  I can only imagine how it is going to be when I get to hold him and no longer have to look through a screen.  The day before had been Russ and mine's 4 year anniversary and this was the perfect gift for both of us.  We would have never imagined last year that the next anniversary would be spent celebrating seeing our baby.  And although Russ got me the comfiest UT sweatshirt and beautiful Fall flowers, none of it came close to topping the gift he gave me of getting to be a mommy.  It all hit home on Friday.  I had been concerned because this whole pregnancy I have felt a little bit of a disconnect.  I don't do well with change, so maybe I have been in shock this whole time.  I would say the words, but I couldn't really feel anything if that makes sense.  All I have ever wanted was to be a mommy and the baby fever I had been having the past couple of years was intense, but after getting pregnant it all went away.  However, this past week everything changed.  The baby boy I had been a primary nurse to at work was going home.  I was able to get lots of cuddles in before he left.  Holding him and seeing his mama all dressed up in her Fall wardrobe taking him home in his carseat made me so happy and and possibly a little bit jealous.  I felt like I was finally getting the baby fever and excitement I had desperately wanted to feel all along. The fear of responsibility and change was being replaced with eagerness, joy, and bonding with my baby boy.  After going to the ultrasound on Friday, it was love at first sight.  I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes as I saw his cute button nose and chunky cheeks.  The ultrasound tech said he wasn't cooperating and putting his hands in front of his face, but I could still see him enough to instantly fall in love.  The placenta has also attached in front of his face, so we get to do another 3D ultrasound in two weeks to see if he will cooperate better (the placenta will still be in the same spot though).  She said if I drink lots of water then it will help, which I hadn't done that much of on Friday.  I always get so nervous before ultrasounds and I guess eating and drinking hadn't crossed my mind.  I'm not complaining, though, because seeing him twice in the 3D form is so exciting.  They tell you that you think your baby is the cutest, and I already feel that way.  I guess I was concerned those feelings wouldn't come, and I am so thankful to have bonded with my baby and think he is so adorable.  It has even changed my look at pregnancy.  It makes me a little sad to have to share him once he gets here.  Right now, I have him all to myself and can feel every little kick and move he makes.  It is going to be hard to separate myself from him once he arrives.  Russ and I are just so in love with him and he already has us wrapped around his little finger.

He kept his hand in front of his face the whole time and when I put the picture in my purse it put a crease right across his face.  Hopefully, we will have a better picture to share next time.  He is so cute!
After the ultrasound, we went to my favorite restaurant, Carrabba's.  I could live off of their Lobster Ravioli.  Why does it have to be so expensive?!  Then we went shoe shopping.  It was a great day!  Meeting my baby, Carrabba's, and new shoes.  What more could I have asked for?

The next day was the big UT game!  We were playing against the Florida Gators.  Traffic was nightmare!  Russ and I got there super early and still ran out of time.  We got there at 9:15 and the parking lot we usually park in had been bought out ahead of time... I sure wish we had known that because by the time we got turned back around, all the parking was full.  The game was sold out and it was bumper to bumper.  Russ works the games and needed to be on time to meet Dr. Cheek.  Finally, Russ gave in and called for a parking pass.  Luckily, Dr. Cheek was running behind too due to traffic, so it all worked out. I usually stay in Russ' office until he is ready to go to the game, since he is working.  I took some pictures to entertain myself until he was ready...
The bathroom had a nice mirror, so why not do a selfie? I'm breaking the rules wearing white pants after Labor Day. ;)

His building had some pretty views outside of everyone tailgating.  There is orange everywhere!

It also dawned on me that we didn't have any pictures of Russ' office.  It is so nice and big, but no windows unfortunately.  I might be a tad jealous of his office chair.

I met back up with Russ and we had to go to the Press Box.  We needed to find someone for Dr. Cheek and I loved the fact that the people helping us look for this man thought we were both working for Dr. Cheek.  TBH, I would LOVE to be an assistant to my hubby.  I would love to get into more of the business side of things someday.  I like to joke with Russ that after he gets out of school that he needs to open up his own firm, so I can be his secretary.  ;)

I didn't get any pictures of the Press Box, but I did take some pictures in the box of the checkerboard that the fans made by wearing white and orange shirts.  It was so neat!  

You can definitely tell where the Gator fans are sitting.

The food in the box was so good!  I ate way too much!  All you can eat buffets are not good for this soon-to-be mama.  They had some cake pops that were out of his world!  I had a hard time not sneaking them out when the game was over. haha

We were winning the whole game, but in the end lost by 1 point. Boo! 

The game must have wiped us out because the rest of the evening and Sunday we were just mush (including the cats)!

He loves to lay next to my bump.  He is going to be so jealous come December.

Nala never sleeps like this!  As soon as I took the picture, she woke up.
We were able to go to two church services on Sunday.  I haven't been to our Small Group in awhile because it was causing me so much tailbone pain, but I might give it another try the next time we go (My second PT appt was Friday morning and I think it is going to help a lot).  We really enjoyed Sunday morning service and the evening service.  It was nice to see the Children's Choir and imagine having my own child up there soon!  Yay!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1st: Celebrating the love of Fall

If anyone knows me, they know I LOVE Fall!  It started in my early college years and my love for "Fall Harvest" as I call it, has grown more and more as the years have gone by.  This year, especially, I just can't get enough.  I want cooler weather, colored leaves, and pumpkin everything.  Well, this past week was the first official day of Fall and it might as well have been a holiday for me.  

I was up bright and early for my first Physical Therapy appointment.  My appointment was at seven and then after PT I headed to the Kroger for some grocery shopping.  They have a Starbucks in the Kroger.  I couldn't resist getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte to celebrate the first official day of Fall.  

I really enjoyed going to the grocery store early and am going to try to make a habit of it in the future.  I dread going to the grocery store, but this morning I actually enjoyed it.

After the grocery store, I headed over to Babies R Us to purchase the glider for the nursery.  Russ and I had been there the previous weekend but the employee helping us couldn't figure out how to order it.  I was afraid it wouldn't come in the fabric we had picked out, but luckily we got a call a few days later telling us to come back in that it was available.  Babies R Us wasn't open yet, so I headed next door to Michaels to kill some time.  I was on the phone with my mom.  She was telling me how she wasn't happy with the scarecrow that she bought, and to my surprise Michael's had tons of scarecrows outside the store.

She wanted this guy, but I told her we would just buy him at her local Michael's since I was coming to visit the next day.  Unfortunately,  they didn't have him there, so I had to make a special trip to my Michael's again the next day to make sure I got him.  

Babies R Us finally opened and I was able to purchase the glider.  I can't wait for it to come in!  I couldn't leave empty handed (since the glider was special ordered it will take it a couple of months to get here), so I went to look at baby clothes of course.  I am getting so excited to dress a little boy.  Boy clothes have gotten so much cuter and BRU has a great selection.  I happened to see one orange vest.  This vest was special because in the beginning of my pregnancy I had taken my parents to BRU one day for fun.  My dad had picked out an outfit that had jeans, a plaid shirt, and orange vest.  It reminded me of something he would wear.  Well, that exact vest was now on clearance and it was the size that Baby Swafford could wear next Fall.  An orange puffer vest for Baby Swafford to celebrate Fall: Check!  

After Babies R Us I planned to meet Russ for lunch, but needed to kill some time.  I stopped real quick by the Hallmark store to look at cards.  I'm big into cards and usually only buy Hallmark.  So there I stand, and I found the perfect birthday card for him.  It was a sweet card, but not overly mushy or sentimental.  I mean it had cartoon bears on it!  But yet, it said everything I needed to say and described Russ to a T.  And cue the waterworks!  I'm not an overly-emotional gal, but pregnancy hormones and Hallmark just don't go together.  I'm sure I had that awful cry face where you try to hide the sobbing and hold it in.  I had a few stares, but finally dried my eyes and made it to checkout.

Russ and I used to love to eat at a place called Gardeners before we moved to Knoxville.  It was a local, unique restaurant and had the best paninis and sandwiches.  We have been looking for a place like it in Knox and have probably found the closest thing we are going to find called Cosmos Cafe.  Oh my yum!  It was delicious! And it was conveniently right by my hair salon.

After lunch, I went next door to get my hair done.  I got a little more red into it and less blonde for the Fall weather.  It wasn't a drastic change, but I really liked how it turned out.  I was a bad blogger and didn't take a picture.  I was in a rush to get home and get my groceries put away.  (I would love to pay someone to put away groceries.  I hate it!)  After a quick break I headed back out to the mall.  I had found some Belk gift cards I had gotten for my birthday in May and hadn't used.  Then it dawned on me one day that I could use these gift cards for makeup!  I had been wanting some new makeup from MAC.  I had the best time getting new makeup and not having to pay anything.

The next day I got up early again and headed to Cleveland (about an hour away).  I met wish my bestie, Ashley, at Cracker Barrel to catch up.  She gave me a pumpkin cookie that she had baked because she knows the way to my heart. It was so good!

After Cracker Barrel, I met up with my madre and mamaw at Angel Nails to get pedicures.  I hadn't been there in a long time, so they hadn't seen me with my bump.  I have been going to get my nails done there since I was about sixteen.  I love their designs and got a pumpkin (I know you're shocked).  We also went to my favorite nursery to get Fall flowers.  I was on cloud nine when I realized they had just gotten their pumpkins in.  They were still in big boxes and it was better than going to the pumpkin patch, y'all  I had the best time digging and picking out pumpkins before they were even priced.  I also snagged me an orange mum, which I haven't been able to find in Knox (prob because orange everything is always sold out in Knox).  I was going to head home after a couple of errands, but Mamaw said she hadn't even got to see me so I stayed for lunch.  I wish I could still be five minutes from her house.  I miss her so much!

Swollen feet look better with pumpkins didn't you know?

Here are my orange mums and pumpkins.  I got a pumpkin to represent our little family of three!  And I just got my front door painted.  My madre helped with that.  It looks so good!

This is what happens when you go to the grocery store on the 1st Official Day of Fall.  Lots of Fall goodies!

I've had the inside of my house decorated since mid September.  I also have plenty of Bath and Body Works Fall scents and soaps through out the house.  I just can't get enough!

I am definitely ready for Fall!  Now if someone could just tell Mother Nature that we will be good to go!  Boots and temps in the 80's just aren't working for this mama-to-be.  

Happy October everyone!  Now get out that crockpot and light some pumpkin scented candles for me!