Thursday, March 29, 2012

26 Week OB Visit

Today was my 26 week check-up.  I've actually been a little nervous about this one.  My appointment was today (Thursday) and I leave for my California trip with my sister tomorrow (Friday).  At my 22 week appointment, Marie said that she would check me today just to make sure that I'm not dilated before I leave since I'm going so far away from home.  I've been getting excited about my trip, but I haven't let myself get TOO excited just in case my body decided to do something crazy.

My appointment today was at 4:00.  They got my weight (showing I gained about 11 lbs.  It's hard to tell when it's the afternoon AND I have all of my clothes/shoes on.)  I don't know what my pulse was, but my blood pressure was 130/70.  That's a *little* high for me, but no one said anything about it so it must have been fine.

Marie came in pretty quickly and checked the heartbeat.  She said it sounded great, but I totally forgot to ask her how fast it was!  I was so nervous about getting checked!  Then she checked me and gave me the best news ever - my cervix is locked down tight and very thick!  Yay!

I asked her if Baby C was head down and if she could tell or not.  She felt around on my belly for a little bit and showed me where his head is.  His head is down, but it is NOT in my pelvis.  It's kind of off to the right side and his body is curved around the left side of my belly.  The fact that his head is not in my pelvis (at this point) is a very good thing!  It means that he is still floating around in there and isn't doing anything too serious.  I'm also really happy that he's head down.  I know that he still has plenty of time to flip around in there if he wants to, but most likely he'll stay this way for the rest of the time.

She said that my ankles would swell because of the plane ride, regardless of what I did.  And that it was nothing to worry about.  I need to drink TONS of water on the flight to stay hydrated.  Evidently flying can dehydrate you quickly?  I also need to get up and walk around a few times on the flight and I need to make sure to stretch and move my legs around when I'm in my seat.  Other than that, I'm good to go!

I go back in two weeks (Wednesday the 11th) for an OB check and my glucose check.  Marie will be out of town for this appointment, so I'll see Teresa instead.  I can't believe that it's time for me to start my every 2 week visits!!  This is also my last week in my 6th month and my 2nd trimester.  This pregnancy has FLOWN by!  


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

26 Weeks Pregnant!

Baby Growth: This week, Baby C continues to practice his breathing by inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid. He also now has the brain capacity of a newborn. Isn’t that really cool? From now until delivery, half of his expelled energy will go to brain development. He is averaging about 14 inches long and weighs about 2 lbs. Pretty soon, his eyes will start to un-fuse and he will begin to blink. His hair on his head is continuing to grow in, and his eyelashes are starting to grow as well!
My Symptoms: Last week I talked about the left side of my rib cage hurting. It’s still doing it some, but it has felt much better this week. Another thing that went away was my nausea. Thank God. It must have just been my stomach bug hanging on because I’ve felt no nausea at all since Saturday. That junk sure did stick around for a while!

My heartburn has still been pretty bad, but I’ve started taking Tums a LOT more and that seems to be helping. I’ve even taken some to school with me to keep in my desk, and I just pop one in when I feel the acid coming on. It really seems to have helped a ton.

I’m still hungry ALL the time. I think this is just going to be how it is for a little bit. I remember not being hungry much at all at the end of my pregnancy with LL, so I’m thinking that this phase will be pretty short lived, also. Once he starts squishing my stomach a lot more, I’m sure my desire to eat will decrease some.

I’m not waddling yet, but I have a feeling that it’s coming on soon. Like, within the next 3-4 weeks. I just feel everything getting a little “loser” around my hips and my center of balance has been changing a lot lately.

Weight: My weight has been CRAZY because of that stomach bug, but the most consistent reading that I could get says that I’ve gained a pound. This puts me at a total of 10lbs so far. I’m pretty pleased with that!

Belly Picture:

Gender: Boy!

Maternity Clothes: Same as before. I’m wearing a good bit more maternity, but I still am wearing a ton of normal clothes, too. My pre-pregnancy pants are REALLY starting to not work as much anymore, so I have a feeling that wearing those is going to go out of the window here pretty quickly.

Movement: One of my favorite things. Movement is still VERY constant and it is getting VERY strong. Matt and I went to the movies on Sunday and I told him to put his hand on my belly. Baby C started kicking him SUPER strong and it shocked Matt – haha. I told him that that was how it felt most of the time now! I LOVE it! We’ve also started to be able to feel body parts. He’ll stick something way out and put it super hard against my belly, and I’ll really be able to feel little parts of him. It’s still hard for me to figure out what part I’m feeling, but it’s still really cool. Also, for the first time yesterday, I was 100% sure that he had the hiccups. LL used to get them ALL the time when I was pregnant, but I just haven’t been able to tell with Baby C if it was hiccups or just movement. Well, yesterday I could tell! He probably had them for a good 10 minutes, too!

Sleep: Oh my gosh. I have still been sleeping SO GOOD. I’m loving it! I can’t get enough, either! I could probably fall asleep at any given point in the day were I to be given the opportunity – haha.

What I Miss: I think I’m good on this right now? I’m really enjoying this stage of my pregnancy! It is getting pretty hard to do things like bend over, though.

What I’m Looking Forward To: I’m leaving for California with my sister in 3 days! I’m SOOOO EXCITED!!!!! I’m starting to get a good bit nervous, but I’m way more excited about it. I also have a doctor’s appointment on Thursday, so I always look forward to hearing his little heartbeat.

Cravings: No hardcore cravings for anything in specific. I’m just HUNGRY!

Best Moment of the Week: We literally had the BEST weekend. LL and I went with Kye and Emily to Veggie Tales Live on Friday night. Saturday I was still feeling a little nauseated, but it worked out good because Matt was working on our new shed all day. My step-dad came to help, and my mom came, too, so I was really able to rest a lot. Then on Sunday we had our first family picnic at the park for this spring and then Matt and I had a mini-date to the movies to see The Hunger Games on Sunday. It was an AWESOME weekend and I loved every second of it!

Questions or Concerns: Not really. I have my doctor’s appointment tomorrow, so that’s good. I’m still nervous about being dilated, but I know that my chances are slim.

Goals for the week: ENJOY my vacation with my sister!! Not be stressed out about leaving LL for this long. Not get too stressed about the flight. And HAVE FUN!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Atlanta Quick Trip

Originally, I was supposed to go with my mom and sister to Macon on the weekend of the 17th for our annual trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Then, my sister had to take a work trip so our plans got cancelled.  While I was going to be in Macon, Matt was going to take a day trip to Atlanta to pick up Baby C's furniture.  Since I was no longer going to Macon, we decided to let LL spend the night with her Gigi and Poppy, and we would take the quick trip together.

With LL, we spent TONS of money on her crib/baby furniture.  We bought the convertible kind that later turned into a full sized bed and she is still using all of the same stuff.  This was great in that we didn't have to buy anything when the time came for her to get a big girl room.  What we didn't like about this was that we kind of wanted to get her new stuff when we made the transition.  This time around, with Baby C, we decided to go a different route.  My sister knew that they would be transitioning Ben to a big boy room around time time, and they had to buy him all new furniture because they didn't get him the convertible kind.  They offered to let us just have all of his stuff!  Yeah - my sister and brother-in-law are awesome like that.  So now (most) of Baby C's stuff came from Ben!  This is good for us, too, because now we can just spend that money on his big boy furniture when the time comes instead of having to make that big decision now.

Like I said before, my sister was out of town.  My brother-in-law works for CNN and also had a CRAZY work schedule that weekend due to March Madness.  This meant that we weren't going to see much of him either!

Matt and LL drove me to work and dropped me off on Friday morning.  Then, Matt borrowed my Dad's truck and picked up back up from work around 1:45.  We headed straight up to Atlanta with one goal in mind: Ikea!  If you've never been to ikea, you really need to go!  It's AWESOME!  We've been several times before, but never really gotten any big items before.  We were getting the crib, changing table, and wardrobe from my sister, but we still wanted to get some shelving and cube storage for his room, too.  Best place?  Ikea!  

We pulled into Ikea around 5:30 and noticed that they were doing some really funky stuff around Atlanta.  There were cops EVERYWHERE (waaaaay more than normal), they were shutting down entire exits in the downtown area, shutting down streets, etc.  Eventually, we did figure out what was going on - Obama was in town.  Evidently, Tyler Perry was hosting a "dinner" at his house to raise money for Obama's campaign.  The cost per person?  $35,000. Yep.  

Lucky for us, we made it into downtown right as they were starting to do all of this.  By the time we got done at Ikea, everything was open again.  

We spent about an hour walking around and looking for what we wanted.  We ended up getting two cute storage table things, one shelf, several baskets, and a new office desk.  We really hadn't intended on getting a new office desk, but since we've moved it into our room (to make room for Baby C!), our current desk takes up a TON of space.  The prices are so good at Ikea - it's just hard to pass up stuff!

Before we headed downstairs to collect our furniture, we decided to stop and have a little snack.  It was around dinner time and I was STARVING!  We shared some Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes - random, I know.

After our snack we headed downstairs to collect our stuff.  Once we paid for it, we headed to the truck to start loading stuff up.  As Matt was putting stuff in the back, he noticed that one of the boxes for the desk was damaged and he could see that the wood inside had a HUGE hole in it.  Not gonna work.

By this time, I was POOPED, so I stayed in the truck to read more of The Hunger Games (I had already read it, but was re-reading it before the movie came out!) while Matt took the box back in to exchange it.  

When we finally got out of there, we headed to my sister's house.  The sky in Atlanta looked TERRIBLE and we were pretty nervous about getting rained on.  With wooden furniture.  We booked it to my sister's house and went ahead and unloaded everything into her garage.  We had been talking about dinner this whole time and trying to decide what to eat.  What did I end up craving?  Waffle House or Steak-n-Sheak.  No joke.  In Atlanta, where we had SO many more choices, and this is what I wanted!  Matt said he was fine with it, so I let him choose.  He chose Waffle House, so that's where we headed.  By this time, it was almost 8:30 so we both were SUPER hungry!  We ended up at the Waffle House pretty close to where my sister lives and it's the same one that we ate at on Thanksgiving in 2008 when I was pregnant with LL - haha.

The next morning, we slept in until about 8:00.  I had been up in the middle of the night feeling TERRIBLE, so I didn't sleep well at all.  Lucky for us, though, Gino's work schedule got changed so he didn't have to go back to work until later that afternoon.  He had worked until midnight the night before, so we were happy to wake up to see him!  

I had an appointment at the Genius Bar at the Apple store at 10:00.  My iPhone had gotten this weird yellow discoloration in the left part of my screen AND it had randomly started freezing up and going to this black screen with an apple on it.  All of the products come with a one year warranty, and mine expired in....April!  I knew I needed to get it looked at ASAP, but we don't have an Apple store near us in Valdosta.  I could have sent it through Verizon, but I would have had a $50 deductible.  No thanks.  We took it to the store, showed them what was going on, and they replaced it for free!  Score!

We headed back to the house to load everything up and get on the road home.  It was a super quick trip, we didn't get to see much of Gino (and none of Laura), but Matt and I still had a good time.  :)  It was nice to get some time together with no interruptions - even if it was in the car.  

I can't wait to show you how all of this looks in Baby C's nursery!  Thanks for the furniture, Laura and Gino!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Azalea Festival 2012

As I've mentioned before, our family LOVES going to festivals!  They're just so much fun and totally free!  A double win!  Last year was our first year going to the Azalea Festival (you can see that post here).  We knew for sure that we wanted to go back this year.  We decided to get there as close to 10 am as possible.  That's when they opened and it would give us plenty of time to hang out until we had to head back  home for naps at about 12:30.

Last year we went to the festival with Oma and Opa.  This year we decided that we just wanted to go on our own, and if we saw family there, that was fine.  We just didn't want to plan on going with anyone.  With three sets of grandparents in one town, that can get kind of tricky sometimes.  And sometimes we just like to do things on our own - as our own little family of 3.

First thing on the agenda when we got there?  To ride the ponies, duh!!  This girl LOVES horses and had been talking for days about how she was going to ride one at the "bes-ah-bul" (festival) - haha.  She's big enough to hold on completely by herself this year, but for some reason they made Matt walk beside her??  He didn't even touch her or the horse though - just walked along beside her.  She was in HEAVEN!

                              Doesn't she just look SO happy?!

My two most absolute favorite people in the world.

After we finished riding the horses, we started to walk around and found Gigi and Poppy.  It was about time for the dog frisbee show to start, and we wanted to be sure to see that.  While we were waiting for it to start, there was a horse and carriage ride right behind us.  We didn't ride it, but Gigi took LL over to see the horses.  I think their names were Bob and Eli?  So funny.  But LL had a great time petting them.  I'm telling you - she is an animal lover FOR SURE!

Last year she didn't really "get" the dog frisbee show, but she really enjoyed watching it this year.

We left the dog show a little early, and she talked us into another pony ride.  Who is shocked?  We weren't.

After that we walked around for a good bit of time just looking at all of the booths that they have set up.  Then, we headed to eat lunch and ran into Grammy and Pop.  Of course, we got a gyro.  At festivals, they are my FAV.  We also got a funnel cake.  Isn't that mandatory?  Right before we left we stopped to see this statue lady. She was super good at being still.  If you put some money in her bucket, she would play her drum.  LL worked up the courage to put some money in there and enjoyed watching her play the drum.

We really had the best time and I always look forward to things like this!  Yay for family time and traditions, right?  Right!  :)


Friday, March 23, 2012

Valentine's Day Art

One of the things that I LOVE about LL staying at Grammy's every day is that Grammy is SO GOOD about celebrating holidays with LL and doing TONS of cute little crafts.  

Valentine's Day is always a really difficult holiday for me to celebrate.  Why?  It is so close to LL's birthday.  I literally put so much into her birthday that I am worn out when it's over and totally not ready to celebrate anything else!  So I'm super happy that Grammy does have that energy to keep up and pull slack where I'm leaving it.  

LL came home with some mega cute Valentine's Art this year and I wanted to share what she and Grammy did.

I love this little heart.  All around the center are characteristics of love according to 1 Corinthians.  If there's one thing that Grammy is GREAT at, it's incorporating the Bible into almost everything that they do!

I just love all of the art work that she comes home with.  She is so proud of it and it makes me so happy to know that she's having so much fun during the day.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

25 Weeks Pregnant!

Baby Growth: This week Baby C is measuring in at about 13.5 inches and weighs about 1.5 lbs (but we know our little guy is probably closer to 2 lbs.). All of his spine structures (vertebrae, joints, and ligaments) are all coming into place. This means that he is now able to support his body weight. He is also to make brainwave patterns – meaning that he is starting to gain a memory. The good thing about this? Not only can he hear our voices, now he can start to recognize and remember them! Lastly, all of the intricate details of his hands and fingers are now 100% complete!

My Symptoms: Just like last week, I’m still getting worn out mega easily. Simple tasks are definitely getting me winded. Also, I’m feeling much more short of breath than usual. I know this is because he’s getting bigger and the room for my lungs is getting smaller. No room = harder to breathe!

I have another weird symptom this week: the left side of my rib cage will occasionally hurt? I don’t know how to describe it. It’s kind of like when you run and get a stitch in your side. Except it’s in my ribs. And I for sure haven’t been running anywhere. I know it’s not directly related to him (by kicking or anything) because he’s not quite that high up yet.

I really hope that this symptom is a random thing that will go away – but I think my nausea is back this week?? I really really hope that it’s just a fluke and not something that will stick around. It will happen at random times and thankfully it doesn’t usually last very long. It was so bad this past weekend in Atlanta that I had to take some medicine for it. It’s the first time that I’ve taken medicine in like 9 weeks! Then, Tuesday night I fell asleep on the couch.  When Matt woke me up to tell me to go to bed, I was SO nauseated and ended up in the bathroom throwing up.  I was tempted to say that it was from dinner (I had Mexican), but honestly, I really don't know if it was dinner, pregnancy, or a stomach bug (there's one going around).  Or even a combination of the three.  All I know is that it's AWFUL and I'm praying that all of this passes quickly.

I’ve also started having TONS of heartburn. Like, I burp about 1,000 times a day and when I do – it’s nothing but acid. And it HURTS. I’m starting to take tums (and they help), but I HATE them. They’re sure better than the acid, but I’m not liking this at all.

This last symptom is the one that has been the most dominant this week: I am so super HUNGRY. Like – for real – all the time. I could literally eat all day. I’m not letting myself and I’m eating pretty normal, but I could no joke just sit and eat all day long. And the funny thing is, SO MANY THINGS sound so good.

Weight: I gained .5 lbs this week, bringing me to a total weight gain of 9 lbs. Everything I’ve been reading says that if I’m going to gain between 25-35lbs (which is the acceptable weight gain for my height and build – I’m only shooting for 25 though), that I should have gained 15-19 lbs by now. So even though I’m now consistently gaining, it is for sure still under the “normal” for how far along I am. That’s good considering that this baby is HUGE!  I honestly look at myself and think, "there is NO WAY that I have only gained 9lbs."  Honestly, if it wasn't ME, I wouldn't believe it.  Sometimes I really don't even believe my own scale, but the doctor's scale says the same thing.  But I totally think that I look like I've already gained like 25 lbs.  

Belly Picture: Um. Hello belly. Guys – I’m HUGE. Like, to the point where my fellow teachers at school laugh at me when I walk into a room because I’m so big. Holy. Cow.

I also didn't take this picture on Wednesday.  Wednesday was the day after I was up in the middle of the night throwing up, and I actually stayed home from work.  I looked a MESS and was in no condition to be taking a picture.  So I took one today, instead.

LL wanted to get a pic this morning, too.  :)

I'm definitely WAY bigger right now than I was at this point with LL!

Gender: Boy!

Maternity Clothes: This is still about the same as last week. I’m wearing more maternity clothes than before, but still not ALL the time. I’ll be honest though, my choices in “regular” clothes that I can wear are getting VERY slim. Most of this is simply due to the fact that most of my regular stuff just isn’t long enough. I mean, did you see that picture up there? This belly is big!

Movement: This boy is still a mover and a shaker! He pretty much moves all day long and I love it! I did have a few weird/cool things this week.

1-One day at school, he hit me so hard at the top of my tummy AND the bottom of my tummy at the SAME TIME that it made me dizzy! Like, he hit and then the room spun!! I didn’t really hurt, it just caught me really off guard.

2-He must have done some weird moving around in there yesterday because he was sitting on my bladder and making me feel like I desperately had to go to the bathroom, but then he must have also been sitting on all of my “plumbing” because I couldn’t really pee! I could get a little out, but then I still felt like I had to go a TON! It honestly scared me for a few minutes. Along with all of this, because he was so low while he was doing this, he was putting a TON of pressure “down there”. I started to get really nervous, but then he moved and it all went away. Problem solved.

3-Matt and I finally got to feel a body part! I have no idea if it was a head or a butt (I’m thinking butt), but we could feel him through my skin (versus just feeling a hard spot). We used to be able to feel LL’s feet all the time and we loved it, so I was really excited to start this part of pregnancy – “guess that body part” – haha.

Sleep – This has still been AWSOME this week. I’m so happy that I haven’t been having rough nights lately!

What I Miss: People not telling me how huge I am! I mean really guys – I know how big my belly is. Trust me. I’m the one carrying it around. You don’t have to tell me all the time that my belly is huge!

What I’m Looking Forward To: decorating his nursery! We got ALL of the furniture this weekend and it’s all up and in his room. Now I get to start buying and ordering things to put in there! Plus, I FINALLY have a place to nest and I’m pumped about it!

Cravings: Gah – ANYTHING! I’m hungry all of the freaking time!

This week I was totally craving Waffle House and cheese danish.  Not at the same time, duh.  Two separate cravings.

Best Moment of the Week: Hands down it was seeing how excited LL was/is about Baby C’s room. She LOVES to go in there and talk about where he’s going to sleep, rock in the rocking chair, etc. It makes me SO HAPPY to see how excited she is. She is now constantly saying, “MY baby is in Mommy’s tummy”. That girl sure can melt my heart!

My Questions or Concerns: Nothing really right now. I leave for Cali next Friday, so I’ve already started praying that I won’t be dilated when they check me the day before we leave. I know that the chance of that is SO SMALL, but I’m still pretty freaked out about it.

Goals for the Week: Now that the nursery is put together, I need to start mega cleaning the rest of my house. It is overdue for some serious deep cleaning.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Literally, The Scariest Day of My Life

The first weekend of March was literally a crazy one for us (as have most weekends lately).  This particular Saturday, we had the morning at home, and then LL and I had a tea party to go to at 3:00 and Kye's birthday party to go to at 4:00.  

We spent the morning playing together as a family, enjoying each other, and cleaning house.  Because we had to be AT the tea party at 3:00, we put LL down for an early nap.  Usually she naps from 1-3, so we put her down at 12 in the hopes that she would nap from 12-2. It took her a little bit to go to sleep, but she was out by 12:30.  

The weather was not bad in the morning, but we knew that there were some storms headed our way after lunch.  We got word on Facebook that there was a tornado spotted in Hahira.  That is about 18 miles from us, so we were concerned, but not really worried about it.  

Shortly after this, Matt and I were on the couch when all of our power went out.  This is VERY unusual for us.  All of our power lines near our house are buried, so in 5 years of living in this house, this was only like the 2nd time that the power had gone out for anything longer than a blink.

While we were just sitting, we looked outside and noticed that it wasn't raining and that it was VERY calm.  Too calm.  Not at all like the rain that we had just seen earlier.  Matt said that he was going to go outside and look around and took Lola with him.  I just stayed on the couch.  While I was just sitting, I noticed a very loud sound.  We live close to the Air Force Base, so we're used to big jets going over our house ALL the time.  This sounded similar to that.  Except that I knew that they wouldn't be flying during this weather.  I looked and noticed that the front door was unlocked.  As I stood up to lock it, Matt came running in from outside.  Our eyes met, and he just looked at me and said, "Get her and get in the closet".  Let me just say this - we are NOT the type of parents that disturb a sleeping child.  We have NEVER gotten her out of her bed during a nap.  I looked at him and said, "Are you serious?".  I knew that he was, but it was the first thing that came out of my mouth.  He repeated himself, so I ran to her room.  I scooped her up with a blanket and immediately ran to the closet in our room.  We have a pretty big walk-in closet and it's the most interior room in our house.  Plus, it has no windows.  

About the time that I left the living room, Matt made it from the back door to our front window.  He looked out across the street and saw a tornado.  Later, he said that when he was outside, he was watching the sky and the whole thing was just circling.  By the time he got to our front window, the tornado was going behind the house that was across the street from us.  He watched it long enough to see that it was heading away from us - not towards us.  But we're still talking about this thing being less than 1/4 of a mile from our house.

Being that LL and I were in the closet, I had no idea about any of this.  All I knew was that there was a tornado (there had to be for him to tell me to get her and get in the closet - this much I knew), and that it was extremely close.  Needless to say - I was FREAKING out.  The only thing that I could think to do was pray.  I would pray out loud and as soon as I got done, all I could think to do was start again.  Poor LL had no idea why she was awake, where we were (we had no power, remember?  Obviously I didn't take the time to grab a flashlight, phone, etc.), or what in the world was going on.  She kept saying, "I just want to lay down and go to sleep!".  She also asked where we were a lot.  I just told her that we were in Mommy and Daddy's closet, that there was a lot of wind (trust me, we could hear it) and that we were going to pray to Jesus to keep us safe.  It really surprised me, but she never really got upset or scared.  I think she was just more confused than anything.

After what felt like forever, Matt came in and told us what was going on.  I grabbed a pillow and the iPad so that we could camp out in the closet for a little bit longer.  While Matt saw the tornado go away from our house, he had no idea if it would turn and come back, OR if there was another one that might form behind it.  We thought we would rather be safe than sorry and hang out in the closet for a little while longer.  LL and I stayed in there (this time with the door open) while Matt kept an eye out around our house.

Eventually, we kind of figured that everything was okay and that we could come out.  The tornado warning for our area was lifted, so we felt much better.  Now came the tough decision: what do we do?  We had no power.  We have a well at our house.  No power = no water.  For things like the toilet.  Which is a necessity.  It also meant that we could only open the fridge a limited number of times before all of the "cold" got out.  It was only 2 in the afternoon and we had NO idea how much damage the tornado did or when it would come back on.  They were re-directing traffic to our road (which is dirt - not smart!) so we also knew if we wanted to get out, we needed to do it soon.  We decided to go to Matt's parents house and stay there for the night.  It's a good thing that we did because our power ended up not coming back on until about 5 am.  

The next morning we went to church (it was a BEAUTIFUL day, BTW) and on the way home we really got to see the destruction that this tornado did.  We learned on Monday that this tornado rated a 3 on the scale.  The scale only goes 1-5.  This thing definitely wasn't a baby by any means!

Here are a few pictures of the damage that was done less than two miles from our house.

This house is completely unlivable now.  While the front doesn't look too bad, the entire back of it is gone.

These next few pictures are a little farther down from our house.  This is right where three counties come together at Walker's Crossing.  

This is a video that I took of the road across the street from us (where the tornado came down) on the way home from church.

There were about 30 homes damaged in this tornado - 15 of which are completely gone.  Luckily, not one person was hurt in all of this.  I can honestly tell you that sitting in the closet, holding my baby girl, hearing the wind, and having NO CLUE what was going on (other than the fact that I knew that there WAS a tornado and that it was CLOSE) was the scariest moment of my life.  I pray that I never have to go through that again in my lifetime.  Luckily, we live in an area that this is not common at all.

If you don't have a plan for what to do in specific situations (fire, tornado, break in, etc) PLEASE sit down with your spouse/significant other and talk about it.  Even if you think that it's something that will "never happen to you".  Matt and I had talked about this before, which is why I knew exactly what was going on when he told me to grab LL and go into the closet.  We had a plan.