Monday, July 26, 2010

Time for a shower

I wanted to take a minute and thank some amazing friends for a beautiful baby shower. It was so wonderful to spend time with a group of such wonderful women, both family and friends, some of whom I don't get the opportunity to see very often. But the day would not have been so special without the hard work of Allyson, Melissa and Kristin! These girls mean everything to me, and all their hard work on the shower makes me feel so loved!

So Saturday we all attended Sharon's baby shower (or as I've been referring to her -- the mother of my daughter's future husband) and between her shower and mine I think we all filled up on enough cake to last us weeks! Such a special time for us all...

Also, a special thank you to the husbands, for their help in preparing food, taking care of the dogs and ensuring Scott fully understood that his college days truly are over. Needless to say, time spent with my friends is always memorable, even if all the memories eventually all run together. My wish is that someday Madelyn will find friends of the same caliber to share these joyous occasions with.

And I must admit, after all the adorable gifts, I can safely say that Madelyn now has a more extensive (and way cuter) wardrobe than her mother. We absolutely cannot wait to play dress up!

Overall, it was a great weekend, and although completely exhausted from the excitement and obscene heat (we apparently broke a record yesterday in Raleigh of 102!) I look forward to a fun-filled weekend at Lake Hartwell with the gang again next weekend. I must be insane...

Friday, July 16, 2010

75 days and counting

Two and a half months to go -- unbelievable!

Things are getting very real: the nursery is basically complete, our stroller just arrived and my Raleigh baby shower (thanks to some of the best friends ever) is right around the corner. We have way too much to do right now, so it is too bad that all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch reruns of The Real Housewives of whatever. A very bad addiction for sure...

And Scott and I got quite the treat today -- after some persuasion I convinced him to let me make an appointment for an elective 3D ultrasound so we could get a good look at our little girl. It was amazing, just as it had been at 20 weeks when we found out she was a girl. I would highly recommend it to expecting mothers -- there is nothing quite like seeing your little one in such detail before she is even born! We will cherish the memories forever, I'm certain.

Even better yet, we've got some precious glamor shots to share. Now this is a big step for me, as I've been very hesitant to put pictures out there for all to see. Something about having my baby's photos online for the world to see creeps me out just a bit. But I've come to to conclusion that everything else is online anyhow, so it is pretty much unavoidable to keep my little baby protected forever. So here goes -- your first glimpse at our darling Madelyn:

Cute right? We think so! Little one had her legs up and over her head the whole time, which made it hard to get the perfect shot, but it seems quite possible she may someday be a gymnast! And although she's currently breech (which scares the heck out of her momma) we have our fingers crossed that she flips around properly before the big day. She may be uncooperative at the moment, but I'm so in love already...

Monday, July 5, 2010

And we shall call her...

After months of contemplating the perfect name for our little girl, we finally have chosen a winner:

Madelyn Elizabeth Dozier!

Finding a name was a lot more challenging than either of us anticipated, and we quickly discovered that the book of 100,0001 names we've been searching through didn't contain all that much we found to be appealing. We knew we wanted something that sounded feminine, and also classic. And then Scott was determined to have her name end in 'lyn, so that didn't leave many choices. We both loved the name, and when one day my Mom suggested it out of the blue I knew it was the right one. It was important to us to be 100 percent sure before telling the world, so we've been sitting on it for awhile... but we're so excited to finally talk about her like she's a real human being, not just a possibility.

For those of you who are interested, the name Madelyn holds no real significance in meaning to us. It literally means "woman from Magdala, or woman of the high tower." And no, we do not plan on calling her Mady, but I suppose people still will at times. Elizabeth, is a great name for us to honor both sides of our family. My sister's middle name is Beth, and Scott's grandmother was Bessie -- both variations on the name Elizabeth. And we felt it flowed perfectly.

So there you have it... less then three months to go before we meet Madelyn! And my third trimester begins in two days. Time sure does fly...