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Friday, December 31, 2010

Boundaries With Kids

My dear husband doesn't post on his personal blog very often, but he wrote this post this morning, and I thought it was great.  He's letting me post it here, too.  :)
Recently I’ve been reading Boundaries, which has me thinking about boundaries with myself, kids, marriage, work, and friendships. I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit in spite of it being painful at times. It has been very effective in bringing my shortcomings and growth opportunities to the surface.

Before I read the book, I stumbled across a truth the book has served to formalize. Levi was having trouble going to sleep at night and kept marching to our bedroom, crying and refusing to go to bed. We tried just about everything, until one night I asked him, “Do you want the door OPEN or CLOSED?” I knew the answer. He wanted it open. But that night, as a complete accident, he whispered, “Open,” calmed down, and fell asleep.

So I tried it again. And every night since. It turns out that Levi responds well to options. He doesn’t like it when you say, “Levi stop crawling over your mother at the dinner table.” He’ll respond much better to, “Would you like to eat dinner in the chair or go sit quietly in your room?” He takes former most of the time. It’s up to him.

Months later, Boundaries has helped me formalize this into a way of treating my children. It turns out when you tell people what the limits are and give them consequences for crossing the limits, you can leave the choice up to him. No more controlling, yelling, or flailing around. Just say, “Would you like to do X or have consequence Y? It’s totally up to you.” This has worked wonders for our stress level as a family during difficult situations. And it all comes back to boundaries in young children: they want to know that they are in control of their world and that ultimately there is a point at which others stop and they begin. It’s a fundamental human need to know that one exists separate from others.

When I was flailing around trying to control them into doing what I wanted them to do, I nonverbally told them, “You don’t start at any point. You do whatever I say, therefore there is no will for you to exercise, therefore you don’t exist.” Any rational person, even a two year old, will respond, in essence, with, “The hell I don’t!”

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pregnancy Optimism

It's no big secret that I don't do pregnancy well, hence all of the complaining done here.  But for as much as I've complained, I figured I should probably write at least one post on the positive things that this pregnancy has brought out in me and my family.  I thought of this as I was making lunch today, which brings me to my first thing:

1)  I used to hate leftovers; they'd sit in the frig until I finally just threw them away.  But now, behold, I magically enjoy and even look forward to them!  Pregnancy does such weird things to your tastes, and it seems to last after pregnancy, too.  I didn't like Tabasco until I was pregnant with Samuel, and 5 years later I still love it.  Then when I was pregnant with Levi I ate at Fish City Grill and didn't like some spice they used, so to this day I still can't even stand the thought of the place.

2)  I have some really loving and generous friends and family that make me feel so good!  Three of my mommy friends  have already told me that they're making me a meal to freeze and eat after the baby is born.  How wonderful is that!  One of said mommy friends gave me a boatload of herbal galactagogues that are priceless to me!  My mother-in-law made me a bunch of receiving blankets (I love handmade!).  My sweet sister bought me an awesome bouncer.  Another friend gave me a really cool exersaucer.  My bf loaned me a beautiful bassinet.  And a couple of other friends gave me a ton of baby clothes, blankets, bibs, towels, etc.  I'm truly thankful for all of the amazing people I'm so blessed to share life with.

3)  With the low platelet count scare, I'm actually praying that I get to have a spinal for my C-section (instead of general anesthesia), whereas there was so much fear involved in that before because of my bad experience with Levi's birth.  Looking fear in the eye and attacking it is such a powerful thing; it's inspiring and invigorating.  So even if I have the exact same experience as with Levi, I can accept it and brace myself and be stronger from it in the end.  (By the way, my platelet count is now up to 109,000 as of yesterday!!)

4)  I really think that having a third child is going to keep Levi from being a bit spoiled.  It's so easy to spoil him because he knows just what to do to wrap me around his cute, little finger.  I love that boy, but he's going to be a better person as a middle child than the baby.  His personality requires it.  And my hope is that while Levi is balancing out, Isaac will be laid back because of our lack of time and energy to spoil him.  0_o

5)  I can truly appreciate and be grateful for my non-pregnant self's health and general energy level.  I really feel like I don't want to take it for granted ever again.

6)  Knowing how a new baby can bring such tumult into a family, Michael and I decided to be proactive about some of the little, nagging problems in our marriage by doing some counseling.  It was a little embarrassing, to tell you the truth, talking about our problems to the counselor because they were such lame issues, but it brought about a lot of growth for us, deepened our marriage, and made us better parents.  Side note: I'm truly grateful for a husband that will even go to counseling let alone suggest it.  It sucks that that's so rare.

7)  I'm learning how to be more balanced and flexible.  I think having more kids will force you to do that OR get more neurotic and obsessive.  Hopefully after Isaac is born I'll still choose the laid back road.  It's hard for us recovering perfectionists, but it makes life more enjoyable.

For a little birthday nostalgia, here are Samuel and Levi's birthday posts from their blog.

Monday, December 27, 2010

7 More Days Of This Belly

I can't wait to be thin again.  There, I said it.  You don't know what you have til it's gone!  Haha!  Why oh why did I think I was so fat before!  (Does any female actually see themselves through an accurate lens?)

Getting as big as I do during pregnancy and sticking out like a sore thumb is just not my thing.  The remarks from people have even started annoying Michael!  I also don't like seeing people I know nowadays because I'm embarrassed about being so big.  I know! I know!  There's a life growing inside me; pregnancy is beautiful and all of that, but for real.  I suppose I know what people are thinking, although I always assume the worst.  Not only do I look like I'm having twins, but the rest of my body has gotten so big.  There are dimples where there didn't used to be dimples and smooth, plump skin where there used to be visible veins, bones, and muscles.

I have gained the most weight with this pregnancy (not too much more than the others, though), and I know it's because 1) I didn't work out because of the serious fatigue of having two kids already and getting older and 2) I ate like crap.  I admit it.  I knew this would be my last pregnancy, so I pretty much just ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.  I rarely told myself no, and my poor swollen ankles and feet have paid for it every time I indulged this last few weeks.

I know that I'm incredibly blessed to be giving life to a third son, and I wouldn't change that for the world.  This is just a rant because I'm tired of being pregnant as I only have 7 days left.  It's been a long 38 weeks, y'all.
7 weeks pregnant and already showing! 
35 weeks pregnant - I'm sparing you the pic I took yesterday where I had dropped significantly from this week.  It wasn't cute at all.  :-P  Let's see if I have the guts to not delete this by 5:00.  Haha!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nursery Sneak-Peek

Here are a few sneak peek pictures of Isaac's nursery.  I'm still learning my new camera, so don't hate on the photos.  Also, I still need a rug and possibly a chair, but here's the basic bones of it.  Oh, and I bought a new crib yesterday that I LOVE!  It retails at IKEA for $99 (still cheap), but I got it for $40 on Craig's List.  My old crib was great (given to me by my thoughtful sister), but I just learned that they recently changed the standards and are now going to ban drop-side cribs from being sold.  So I thought $40 was worth my peace of mind since this will likely be my first baby to sleep in a crib.

So here is the wide shot of the room (yes, the room is just that small).  There are a few more feet to the right, but that's about it.  There was a bunch of crap piled up there, so I managed to get that out of the shot (barely).  ;)  The walls are Sherwin Williams' Universal Khaki.  There's my cute crib.  The curtains are basic white curtains from Target.  I really like them, and they were only like $7 each.  The paintings I originally did for my bedroom, but they looked so much better in here, so I left them.  They then became my inspiration for the whole room - kind of a retro meets woodsy theme.  

The suitcase to the left of the dresser was my Gramma's, and I love having it in there because it makes me think of her.  It also really goes with the theme.  I use it as extra storage to keep blankets in there.  The dresser was another Craig's List find.  It's a bamboo-trimmed, formica-topped, retro piece that I repainted and relined.  I love it.  

Gosh, this shot makes the room look really barren, but oh well.   There's my cute crib again (no, the pillows won't be in there while the baby is sleeping).  There's the mobile I told you about here.  I still love it.  My sister-in-law gave that sign above the crib to me when Samuel was born.  I loved it then, and I still love it now.  ("Snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that's what little boys are made of.")  
Then this is on the other wall to the left of the crib, and that's IT.  I know it needs more, but I'm holding out until I find the perfect rug and not filling the room up just for the sake of filling it up.  I might even just wait to put a bookcase or toy shelf in there for when he's actually old enough to use it so that I can think about what I want more.  With this room I'm waiting to see what I know is necessary, whereas when it was Samuel's room, I just filled it up until it looked good, not using half of the stuff I put in there.  He never even slept in it!  I basically just changed his diapers in there.  :-P

I'm open to more decor suggestions!  I don't claim to have the Ohdeedoh touch, so I'd love advice if you have any!  12 more days!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Good News Update

Well, thanks for all of your well wishes and prayers.  I REALLY appreciate them.  My doctor just called me with my results, and he said that my platelet count was 107,000!!  Yay!!!  So that means that they'd do a spinal on me for my surgery as long as it didn't go down again.  Gotta go, but just wanted to share the good news.  Keep the prayers and good vibes comin'!  Love you all!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

15 More Days...Maybe...

I could seriously injure someone at the lab of my OB's office for not getting me the results of my blood work by the end of Friday.  That's why I'm up worrying at 4AM on a Sunday when I could be sleeping in.

So here's the latest.  My platelet count appears to be low, which is called Gestational Thrombocytopenia.  (I'm aware that this now makes me sound like a gestational hypochondriac, but whatever.)  So a normal platelet count would be 150,000 to 400,000.  Last Wednesday, the 8th, when they drew blood my platelet count was 82,000.  He said that it's just caused from pregnancy and will go back up after the baby is born, and it doesn't affect the baby at all.  

So the only reason this really matters is because it affects my C-section.  I'll most likely have to be put under for the surgery instead of getting a spinal or epidural.  According to that article I linked to, the reason is because if your platelets are low, then your blood doesn't clot well, so there's a risk of an "epidural hematoma" which can lead to neurological complications (that's probably worst case scenario, though).  My OB wants to see how much my platelet count dropped in one week (9 days actually).  If it dropped significantly (which it most likely didn't), then they'd take the baby early.

Although it really sucks, I'm okay with being put under for the surgery if that means I'll be safest.  I'm totally not into risk when it involves my life like that.  I'm just really bummed that 1) I'll be the last person there to see my little Isaac when he's born; 2) I'll be all groggy and weird from waking up out of anesthesia to see him for the first time, and I probably won't even remember it; 3) making plentiful amounts of milk is not my strong suit, so not being able to nurse in the first hour after birth will set me back a bit.

I guess I'll just have to come up with a good game-plan for Michael to follow while he's waiting for me to come out of anesthesia.  I know skin-to-skin contact is something I want for Isaac, which Michael will facilitate.  He did it with Levi, and I believe it helped get us off to a good start.  Beyond that, I don't really know what to plan for.  I just know what I don't want them to do (i.e. feed the baby without me or give him a pacifier).

Is there anything I'm not thinking of?

P.S.  As I'm aware that having a newborn has a stress load of it's own, I'm looking forward to ending the chapter of my life containing the pregnancy stress load.  It feels more out-of-control and helpless than the newborn stress load.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What's Left of Nesting

I decided to start packing my hospital bag yesterday, and I had so much fun.  It made me so excited to get all those things ready for use!  I packed my baby and breastfeeding books, pump, nursing pillow, birth plan, and the little outfits that he would wear for pictures and to come home in.  Cahhuuute!  My sister-in-law gave me the perfect little warm outfit for him to come home in because it's a onesie with separate pants that have bear footies, and a jacket with a bear head hoodie.  It's perfect for cold weather bundling up.  

With Christmas being so close, my nesting instincts are kicking in full force because I want to make sure everything goes off without a hitch just in case Isaac decides to come early.  

All I have left to do is:
- finish packing - The clothes are the hardest to pack because I'll have to be using some of them until just a couple of days before the surgery.  Plus, I have to go shopping for some stuff, like travel size toiletries, etc. I hate not being able to check this off of my To-Do list right now, but oh well.
- finish wrapping the kids' presents - I only have a few left, but now I'm out of school time, so I'll have to do it while Michael takes them out of the house.  
- rent a Rug Doctor - My living room furniture is pretty disgusting right now, so I want to use it for that.  Levi is sick and has been wiping his nose on the couch (trust me, I'm trying to stop him, but he's quick).  And the couch and chair have just been looking pretty shabby lately anyway.  I'd love to get it done before the baby gets here.  Plus, I'm hoping that cleaning it will help me to be a little more patient about buying new ones.  
- buy a scarf - This sounds really important, I know.  ;)  But I was thinking about my hair while I'm in the hospital, and I thought that the best way to avoid having to think about what it looks like would be to put a scarf on it.  I guess I could do a knit hat or something, too, but I found some really cute scarves at World Market the other day, so I think I'm going to head up there at some point to get one.  
- make some casseroles - I also want to make up some casseroles in aluminum pans to freeze and pop in the oven after the baby is born so we don't have to eat PBJs or take-out too much.  Bleh.  

I think that I'll be pretty prepared after that.  I'd still like to get a rug for the nursery, but I ran out of money.  :(  That's not something that I want to buy on Craig's List, either.  That's the reason that I haven't posted any pictures of the nursery yet, because I feel like it still looks pretty incomplete without a rug.  

Can you think of anything I'm forgetting?  I know I didn't give you an exhaustive list of what I've done already, but is there anything that you took to the hospital that you couldn't have done without?  Or is there anything you did to prepare your house for that first two weeks of chaos?  It's the calm before the storm right now, and I feel like I'm forgetting something!  It's been almost 3 years since I've done this, so I'm out of practice.  ;)  

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Year of FPU

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Well, it's been a good, long year financially.  We started our first 13 week course of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University back in March and went until June.  During that time we went through baby steps 1 and 2.  There were a lot of naysayers (especially since we were so intense about it), but, let me tell you, being out of debt feels REALLY good!

Then we decided to bring the FPU course to our church in the Fall (we took it for ourselves at a different church in the Spring), and tonight was our very last lesson.  It was cool, because a lot of our friends took the course at our church, too, so while it was a bit repetitive doing it again, there was lots of encouragement to keep going in the steps since we were surrounded by it.  So by October we had completed our 6 months of savings (step 3).  And that one felt REALLY good.  We have never been good savers, so to finally get a cushion felt really good.

Now we've decided to go a bit out of order and pay off our house before we start our investments (steps 4 and 5 - retirement and college savings).  We only have until July or August before we're done with the house, so we don't want to lose our momentum by slowing down our debt payoff.  I am SO excited about that, too.  We are going to be 31 and 32 years old with a PAID OFF house.  Sure it's not 3,500 square feet or anything, but it's going to have that paid off feel to it, which makes it extra cozy.

On Dave Ramsey's radio show he'll often ask people who just got out of debt what the turning point was when they decided to start getting serious about paying off their debt.  So we were thinking about that the other day, and I remembered what a major part of my Aha! moment was.  Michael and I were laying in bed one night back in probably January of this year talking about how I wanted to take a girls' trip to Napa Valley with my friends.  Well, he was already of the Financial Peace mindset, waiting for me to get on board, so he started asking me questions to get me to think about our future.  When we were in our forties, did I want to be still chipping away at debt, saving a little here and there, and barely investing?  Or did I want to be out of debt, able to save a lot, able to give a lot, and do a lot more than I can imagine possible right now?  (Did I want to live like no one else now so that later we could live like no one else?)

The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to start sooner than later on this journey of financial freedom.  Our kids are young, and that doesn't really lend itself well to world travel and fancy living.  :-P  We have a small house and simple lifestyle, not having attained the felt need for lots of stuff.  So why not now?  It was great timing.  In all honesty, we should have started when we first got married, but there's no sense in shoulding all over ourselves now.  ;)

And I'm really glad we got on the same page and decided to give this program a shot.  Not to sound too overly zealous, but it has seriously changed our lives in a significant way that will having lasting implications for the rest of our lives and will have changed my kids' lives, too.  Our kids will grow up with a completely different philosophy toward money than we had, and they'll most likely be very successful people in life.

So anyway, if you couldn't tell already, I recommend FPU.  ;)  The principles will change your life if you let it.

Christmas Decor

Well, since everyone else is posting their Christmas decor pictures, I figured I'd join in on the fun; although this year I scaled back a whole lot since I don't want to have to put it all away a couple of days before the baby gets here (and just in case he comes early).  Oh, and I'll share a quick secret before I start my tour.  I'm incredibly cheap and don't like to spend a lot on decor, so I'll share a few of my bargain finds with you.  ;)

I'll start with my dining room since all of the decor is pretty much stationed here.  This is for a few different reasons.  1) It's cinnamon red, and it looks good in there.  2) The kids don't bother with it as much since they're in there less.  3) It's a bigger room with less furniture, so it doesn't clutter it up as much as it would the living room.  

Here's my dining room table.  I LOVE this reindeer.  My aunt had one just like it the year that I got married (8 years ago), and she told me that she got it at Pier 1 for $40.  After Christmas that year I went by Pier 1 and bought it for $20.  And since I registered there for my wedding, I bought it with a gift card that I got as a gift.  Score!  I love it so much that I actually keep it out all year round (just in a window sill and not on the table).  The table runner I got for Christmas a few years ago from my step-mother-in-law.  I love getting Christmas decor for Christmas, but I'm always scared to give it as a present (just in case it doesn't match their decor).  She always does a great job, though.  And the placemats are my latest addition.  I went to the Dollar Tree yesterday, and there they were!  I bought 10 of them for $10!  You can't beat that!  Love it!


Here's my itty-bitty tree.  I splurged on the angel back when I was in college and bought it for $20 from the Christmas store nearby probably 11 years ago.  Little did I know that it would cost more than my tree (which was $17 from Target 7 years ago)!  Hopefully this will be the last year to use this tree as the only tree (we may use it as a second tree somewhere).  I'm hoping to buy a totally awesome tree on clearance this January, but I'm thinking that I'll need to go right before the baby is born (the 1st or 2nd).

This is the bookcase that's right next to the tree.  The case has my silk wedding bouquet in it that my mom made that stays out all year round.  The nativity that I bought for half off at Kirkland's for $5 probably 10 years ago is on top of it.  My drag-queen, nutcracker angels are on the left.  (Click on the pic to enlarge it, and you'll see what I mean.)  I bought them for probably $5-7 on after-Christmas clearance from Target.  I love them.  :)  And I like how they match my candle sticks.

This is my latest craft, just like the "Give Thanks" banner but it says "Believe".  I really like it and am glad that she offered it free on her blog!

I really like nutcrackers and try to get a new one each year, but I almost never buy them full price (they have to be at least half off to be a deal, so between $5-10).  The snowman nutcracker is my latest addition (half off at JoAnn's last month).  The tiniest one in the front is the first one I ever got when I went to my first performance of the Nutcracker when I was about 15 with my mom.  She bought it for me for $8 in the lobby, and I just thought it was the coolest, most special thing ever.  BUT, one only needs one or two "special" ones, and the rest you can get on sale.  ;)  Also, the stockings are usually hanging on stocking holders in that tall window sill with the "Believe" banner in it, but my kids pull them down and break them, so alas I've given up and put them on ribbon on the bookcase.  So far so good; they haven't pulled them off of this yet!

Here's Michael's stocking.  I really enjoy embroidering them myself.  They're so personal that way, and I feel proud every time I look at them.  Thanks for teaching me to embroider when I was a kid, Mom!

Here's mine.  I switched from the one that said "Annie" when I had kids.  I like this one a lot better anyway.  It looks like a mom's stocking.  :)  I like the gold embroidery thread, too.  It adds a classy touch to the velvet top.

This one for Samuel was actually the first one that I embroidered.  I love how it's so nostalgic looking, but I like that all of the stockings are different at the same time.  With his fabric and thread I was able to be more spindly with the letters.  I love the way it turned out.  They're all different but similar since it's my writing and embroidery style.

Levi's was probably the hardest to embroider because the hat part of the stocking is really thick felt in front of cotton.  I had to use yarn to embroider it with a really thick needle, so it was tough to pull through.  I like the way the white letters pop off of the black, though.

That's it for my simple Christmas.  Next year this house is going to be a winter wonderland!  Haha!  It'll have to be a childproof one, though, with an 11 month-old on the loose.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Who Are We Fooling?

I let my music take me where my heart wants to go.
-Cat Stevens from The Wind


That line is my all-time favorite song lyric, ever.  I really love a good song.  That was one thing my dad did right with me; he taught me a love for music that grabs your heart and makes you feel something deeply.  It's such a joy in my life to have that, and I'm grateful that he imparted that to me.  If a song sounds great, that's one thing.  But it has to grab my soul for me to love it.

As I've gotten older and had kids, I haven't really tried to keep up with the hipster, musical Joneses, so I know that I'm way out of the loop with what's new out there, and I could totally be missing a lot of good stuff.  (Although, I do try to find new things on Pandora from time to time.)  What do you do?

But I love it when a great song drops into my lap!  Michael happened upon this song the other day, and I am in LOVE!  I haven't heard a song that grabs my heart like this in a really LONG time.



I won't overanalyze it so that you can just listen to it and enjoy it, but Michael wrote the perfect summary of it:

One of the best written songs I've heard in a while. This captures the inevitable tumult in every marriage. Marriage develops a strange dynamic of tangledness that defines you over your lifetime. Its messiness becomes its beauty.




That's why I married him, folks.  ;)  Isn't that a beautiful description?  Anyway, here are the lyrics for you.  I hope you listen to it, although, I understand that songs hit people in different ways, and this one may not hit you like it hit me.  And that's okay.  Enjoy.  :)

Who Are We Fooling?
by Brooke Fraser

So we're back here again
Tiptoeing 'round the edge of the end
Wondering who will be last to admit
That we're finally over

Turned 21 on the day that we met
Terrible shoes, implausible dress
It's funny how sad the funny things get as you grow older

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
When better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it's not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

I learnt the art of biting my tongue
I tired of trying to guess what was wrong
Both agreed on where we should go
But not how to get there

We tried and tried to loosen the knots
Thinking once we're untangled we'll be better off
But it’s these failures and faults that hold us together

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
When better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it's not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

This beautiful tangle that's bruising us blue
Is the beautiful knot that we just can't undo
Together we're one but apart tell me
Who are we fooling?

'Cause real love is hard love
It's all we have
It's a break neck
Train wreck
It's all we have

So we're back here again
Turning away from the edge of the end
Arm in arm

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
When better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it's not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

This beautiful tangle that's bruising us blue
Is the beautiful knot that we just can't undo
If it's not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

Together we're one but apart tell me
Who are we fooling?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Another Mind Enema

Nice title, right?  Hehe.  I haven't really had much to write about lately, but a lot of little things have been on my mind.  Like...

Body Stuff
I'm so ready to be skinny again.  Why do I take it for granted and think I'm fat when I'm not!  That's so annoying.  Being pregnant makes me thankful for my non-pregnancy size.  It feels so good to be able to not have to worry about squeezing through tight places and not need help to get up from sitting on the floor.  I'm SOOOO ready to get in shape again after this baby is born.  I haven't ever felt this crappy in my body, and I know it's because I haven't been able to work out during this pregnancy.  Bleh!  I'm ready.

Yoga Love
So Michael has felt the same way about fitness lately, so he's been going to the gym a lot.  And the other day he was in a yoga class and some girl hit on him.  He obviously told her that he was married, and he told me about it when he got home.  But he said that it made him feel really good.  Haha!  And I totally felt happy for him.  It feels great to know that the outside world still finds you attractive when you're in married world.

Great Expectations
We took the kids to see the Polar Express at the IMAX at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  They had advertised that they were having special "Pajama Parties" on Saturday mornings where the kids could come in their PJs and they'd serve hot chocolate, so that was the one we chose to go to.  Well, it was so lame.  Plus, we had to sit in the front since it was so crowded.  But I started realizing that I'm just really picky when it comes to events that are supposed to be "special".  I don't want them to get my hopes up by making it sound like a bigger deal than it is.  I'd rather them impress me once I'm there instead of getting my hopes up for grandeur and being let down.  At least the kids liked it, though.  They didn't know any difference.  

Nerves
I'm getting a little nervous about my upcoming C-section.  I've probably already mentioned that, but with 3 weeks and 5 days to go, I'm feeling it more.  The thought of them cutting my abdomen open while I'm awake freaks me out even more now than it did when they did it for the first time.

Well, speaking of, I better go get ready for my OB appointment.  These dark circles under my eyes don't cover themselves!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Three Little Birds

Not that it's going to happen any time soon, but I'd really like to get a tattoo at some point in the future.  Michael really doesn't like them, but I'm hoping he'll change his mind in the next few years.  Our favorite song around here is "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley, and that's what I want to get as a tattoo for my three little birds.    


Here are a few images that I found off of the internet that I like, although I haven't found the *perfect* one yet .  I haven't decided where I would put it, either.  These are in no particular order:

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I think this is my favorite (without the script, of course).  But I'd want it to be just a little less sketchy looking.

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I really love this one, and I like where she put it, too.  I might add a pattern or shading to these guys, though.  

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This is the exact same one on the back of a forearm.  I like it on the back of the neck better.
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I liked this, but it might be a little too quirky for me.  Cute, though.  
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This is cute, but you'd have to have a really talented tattoo artist to make it transfer to a tattoo well.  
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I like this (minus the words, of course), but I'd want to de-feminize it since the "birds" are supposed to be my boys.  ;)
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This one is interesting to me, but it's a little too sketchy.
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I like the idea of this image a lot with the "branch", but I'd want the birds to be a bit different of a silhouette.  
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I like the idea of this one, but it's a little too babyish and flowery for me.  (Sounds like I don't like it, huh?)
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This is the same one with a different take on it.  I think I like this one better but with no words.
Now, if I see any of you get one of these tattoos before I have a chance to get it, I'm gonna be really pissed!  Haha...but for real...

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