Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Showered with LOVE

Thank you so much to my wonderful family and friends for such a great baby shower! Kat and Danielle (in the pic to the left), some of my closest friends, planned a shower for me. They had all the guests bring some money to help us buy our car seat! (Such a great idea) Also, each person brought a children's book for us to read to the little one when he or she arrives. I am truly blessed to have these people as friends. Oh, and we plan to buy the car seat within the next two days. :)

The most hilarious gift of the evening... "denim" diapers from my bossy friend Sarah.

Aren't these owl cupcakes adorable? My friend Lindsey made them out of Oreos. Very creative!

This is the lovely lady who gave me the stylish denim diapers :)

This is the delicious spread. They worked hard to make it so that I could eat/drink just about all of it. Hanging in the background are baby pictures of me and Austin.

Some of my dearest friends in the world all came together to celebrate with me. One traveled all the way from New York City. I am amazingly blessed.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Austin's cousin=Erin Hines
Austin's best friend=Michael "Flu" Flusche

On June 18th, Erin and Flu got hitched! Now Austin's best friend is officially a family member.

Here are a few pics from the wedding weekend...

Austin and the rest of the Curtis Needs a Ride troupe serenading Erin at the rehearsal dinner at Joe T's

Austin's sister Kristin with Bride Barbie

It's official! They are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Flusche!

The new and improved Hines family :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Journey with Food...

About a month ago, our midwife told us that she suspected I may have gestational diabetes. Over the course of two months, I had gained twice as much weight as I was supposed to gain. I was given strict instructions on my diet. Until we got this diabetes thing figured out, I was not allowed to eat any refined sugar or fried food, and very little carbs.

I went in for my first glucose test (where they make you drink something that tastes like super-sweet Gatorade and then take a blood sample). The results came back that my glucose levels were abnormally high, which meant that I had to take yet another blood test a few weeks later.
Meanwhile, I was still adhering to my strict diet. This meant that when friends were going to Starbucks, I couldn't order a decaf iced caramel latte (tons of sugar). No ice cream, cookies, wedding cake, Shirley Temples, or even Yoplait yogurt (filled with sugar). No grabbing a candy bar at Walgreens because I feel like it, or even having lemonade with dinner. When friends are going out to eat at an Italian restaurant, salad is pretty much the only option, because everything else is so high in carbs. All that to say... it has been a very challenging month. Probably one of the biggest lessons I've ever received in discipline and obedience.

Last week, I took my second glucose test. This one required me to drink the yucky Gatorade again, and have my blood drawn a total of four times over the course of three hours. I watched Stuart Little two and a half times while sitting in the waiting room. Super.

Two days ago I finally received some good news... I do NOT have gestational diabetes!! I am healthy, and the baby is healthy. We are very relieved.

The strange thing is, now that this diabetes thing is officially over, I'm glad it happened. It felt really good to be so healthy for an entire month. I've heard that it only takes 14 days to form a habit. I think that in the last 30 days, I have made it a habit to be much more conscientious about what I'm eating. Although I'm allowed to eat more like a normal person again, I'm pretty sure I'm going to remain on my "diabetes diet." It is awesome how sweet fruit can taste when you haven't had any sugar in weeks. Pineapple and strawberries seem to be my new favorite foods.

I know that God is sovereign and that he has had a plan for this pregnancy and this baby from the beginning. It is just interesting to see how it is playing out somewhat differently than I might have planned it, yet so much better.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:7

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Two Year Anniversary

On June 6, 2010, Austin and I celebrated our two year anniversary. It is certainly hard to believe that an entire two years have passed since our wedding. God has been so gracious to us these first two years of marriage. I can't wait to see what He has in store for us as we continue to share life together.

We celebrated by spending an evening in Dallas. We went to Reunion Tower for happy hour. This is a fun little tip for my DFW friend
s... the restaurant is very expensive, but Monday-Friday they have happy hour, and you can get reasonably priced drinks and appetizers, and still have the experience of eating at the top of reunion tower! Very fun. For those that are unfamiliar with the building, below is a picture of the Dallas skyline. Reunion tower is one with the giant glowing ball at the top. It is a revolving restaurant, so by the time you leave, you have seen Dallas from every angle!