Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Last week was one hell of a week. I am still exhausted from it. Last Monday night after we found out the gender of the baby we got a call saying that Joey's grandfather was in the ER and was unconsious. He has a really bad infection that is causing both of his kidneys to shut down. They put him in ICU and on dylisis. He is now doing a little better and has been able to eat and breathe on his own for a few days. We don't know yet how damaged his kidneys are yet though. So we were at the hospital everyday last week until pretty late.

Then last Tuesday morning, the day after Joey's grandfather was put in ICU, his great aunt passed away. They had just put her on hospice on Sunday morning and that afternoon we had went to see her. Joey was asked to be a paulbearer so I had to get him a suit. We had the roserary on Wednesday night and then on the 23rd was the funeral. So needless to say last week was a rough one. My heart is saddened for my husbands family and just pray that his grandfather makes it through this.

It's A......

We found out last Monday that we are having a BABY GIRLl!!!!!! Her name is Elizabeth Grace Lopez. We decided to wait until Christmas to share the news with our families. We made cookies for everyone and inside put this napkin on top that said Baby girl and then we put a name card with her name on the inside of the lid. We made everyone open them at the same time and they were so excited! My mother-in-law went right after we told her and bought some clothes. I also bought some girl clothes last week and right after we found out we went to the UH bookstore and bought a diaper bag for daddy that doesnt look girlie and a bib, beanie, booties and a picture frame. We're proud alumni!

This week we bought Elizabeth's stroller, car seat and nursery set! I will post pics of all those later!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Talking to Baby

From what I've read they say it is good to start talking to your baby now. I have talked to Baby Lopez quietly in my head but its been a little weird to talk aloud to it. But its good to talk aloud to the baby so that they can start recognizing your voice. So last night Mr. Lopez and I sat down and I read to Baby Lopez his/her first book, Dr. Seuses Oh, the places you will go!

Again I just absoultely LOVE LOVE this book. I think its a very good life lesson. So in case you have never read it here it is: ( I have to warn you it is a long book.)


Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

You'll be on y our way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place...
...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't
Because, sometimes they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 15

How far along? 15 Weeks 3 Days

Baby's size? 4 inches — about the size of an apple — and weighs 2 1/2 ounces.

Weight Gain? Weighed myself yesterday and I gained 2lbs so almost back up to where I was before I started vomitting.

Maternity clothes? Yes and loving them! I'm starting to show a little more so

Stretch marks? I have some on my legs and sides but I think they may have already been there.

Belly button in or out? In :)

Sleep? The past couple of nights I have been sleeping a lot better!

Foods I am loving? I'm starting to get a little bit of my appetite back! I'm still loving anything cold and in particular frozen yogurt.

Foods I am hating? Any kind of meat, mexican food, pizza and almost chicken hast started getting me sick.

Best moment this week? I had two people on Thursday comment that all of a sudden I look really pregnant! Also I haven't gotten sick since last Sunday!!!!!!

Movement? Not that I can feel yet.

Symptoms? Stomach is a little quesy but vomitting has gotten better! Also I've been breaking out really bad on my face and my chest. Anyone else experiencing acne?

Gender? We will hopefully find out next Monday in time to tell our families on Christmas!

What I miss? Last week I had a mixer for work and I really missed being able to have a glass of wine! I was just smelling other peoples drinks. Its sad really!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Holidays: The Lopez Family Christmas Card

Since 2010 was a big year for Mr. Lopez and I with us getting married and getting pregnant, we decided or I should say I decided to create a holiday card with pictures of us instead of just sending out regular Christmas cards like we usually do. So I used Walgreens.com to create our cards and they were only $15.99 for 20 which I didn't think was a bad deal. And we only sent them out to family but will probably start sending them to our friends next year as well.

So without further adue, Seasons Greetings from The Lopez Family! (Side note: Since Joey's family are the Lopez',  we decided to say From Joey & Heather Lopez & Family)

In case you can't see the smaller pics very well, the pics include a pic of our first dance from our wedding, our cats and an ultrasound pic of baby Lopez!

Do you send out Christmas cards and if so do you create one or use generic ones?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 14

How far along? 14 weeks

Baby's size? 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and weighs 1 1/2 ounces.

Weight Gain? As of 2 weeks ago I had lost 5 lbs. Haven't been on the scale since.

Maternity clothes? I went shopping this weekend at Kohls and bought a couple pair of work pants and some shirts. I can button up by regular pants at all. When I'm home I like to wear night gowns that dont constrict my stomach.

Stretch marks? Not that I've found on my belly yet.

Belly button in or out? In :)
Sleep? I have not been sleeping well at all since I found out I was pregnant. I can't seem to get comfortable and I toss and turn all night and usually get really hot.

Foods I am loving? Truthfully there are no foods that I love right now which is so sad :( Nothing sounds good to me at all! I do like almost anything that is cold and I have been eating a lot of cereal because nothing else sounds good.

Foods I am hating? Any kind of meat, mexican food, pizza and almost chicken hast started getting me sick.

Best moment this week? Bought the baby its first book, Dr. Seuss "Oh, the places you'll go!" I absolutely love that book because its so motivational.

Movement? Nope not yet.

Symptoms? Still very nauseous. Saturday was a really bad day. I didnt get out of bed except to vomit and I beat my record of twice a day and vomitted three times that day :( I hope that goes away very, very soon!

Gender? We have our appointment on December 20 so two weeks from today. Hopefully the little one is in a good position for us to see. We have decided on nursery themes for either one. If its a boy its of course going to be sports theme after his daddy and if its a girl i found the cutest princess theme.

What I miss? Feeling normal and not getting sick!