Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year & 12 Weeks!

Happy New Year!!

2013 was the year of the wedding. 
2014 will be the year of Baby Burnside!

We had a wonderful Christmas shared with all of our family! It was also wonderful getting to take some time off and just rest a little bit. We have been going, going, going without really having time to breathe. And I think I completely wore myself out. So the time spent off was very much needed!

The only picture I captured from Christmas! Baby Burnside's gift from Gama!
12 Weeks

Due date: July 11, 2014
Size of the baby: About the size of a peach!
Maternity clothes: Maternity pants are still a little too big..so I'm sticking with leggings and flowy, maternity friendly tops. And boots. You can pretty much catch me in this every single day at work. 
Gender: Still don't know! However there is a Gender Reveal Party in the works :)
Movement: None I can feel yet!
Sleep: I'm getting sleep..but not very good sleep. Toss & turn a lot!
What I miss: Being able to eat anything. Pregnancy has made me such a picky eater!
Cravings: Coke Icee & chocolate/sweets
Symptoms: Fatigue! I've been soooo tired. Especially with all this running around for the holidays!
Best moment this week: Getting some time off of work!
What I'm looking forward to in the next week: Maybe, quite possibly seeing the end to some of my nausea since I'm done with my first trimester? Maybe? Just maybe?! One can only hope...

Monday, December 23, 2013

Little Nugget Burnside

Until we know the gender...Little Nugget Burnside will just have to do!

I am so excited to start sharing this amazing journey with you! I already stink at blogging. BUT, my hope is that I will update this at least once a week! Not sure if I'll be taking that "pose & hold your belly" pictures each week. Honestly, I have so much extra fluff I'm sure it'll take a little while for Nugget to catch up to me! ;) But I do find this blog to be a great way to document everything during the pregnancy!

Brandon and I were THRILLED to find out that we are parents! We had so much fun telling our families and friends! There was laughter, tears (happy ones of course), and lots of great memories made in those moments. I will cherish them forever!

P.S. My AH-MAY-ZING sis-in-law (Jamie Beverage) took these for us!

I stole this "update" from my friend, Brooke Hayes. For so many years I've read blogs of mothers-to-be and I've seen all different kinds of these update lists. But for some reason, I always liked the way she did it! So thanks, Brooke, for letting me steal this! :)

11 Weeks

Due date: July 11, 2014

Size of the baby: About the size of a lime! Approximately 1.6 inches and .25 oz!

Maternity clothes: Not quite there yet! My pants are getting extremely uncomfortable, so I've been wearing the heck out of some dresses, tunics, & leggings. I'm thinking maternity pants are my next step!
Gender: Not sure yet! Our NP told us today that at our next appointment (in 4 1/2 weeks!!) there's a 90% chance we'll be able to find out the gender then! I. Can. Not. Wait!
Movement: There's definitely movement happening (we actually saw some today in our ultrasound!) but I'm not feeling it yet.
Sleep: For the last 2 years or so, I haven't been a great sleeper...so this whole "not getting sleep thing" wasn't new to me.
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach! That seemed to help me fall asleep pre-baby.
Cravings: ICE CREAM, orange juice, pickles (typical, I know), cheese, and salt & vinegar chips.
Symptoms: Nausea, nausea, and more nausea. Oh..and fatigue. 
Best moment this week: Seeing Baby Nugget and hearing the heartbeat at the ultrasound on Wednesday! He/she was turning flips in there!
What I'm looking forward to in the next week: Christmas!!! It will be mine & Brandon's first Christmas a married couple and our LAST Christmas without kiddos! :)

[P.S. 12 Week update will come later this week since I'm now technically on my 12th week! I was supposed to post this on Friday. Oops :)]

Until next time...
Mrs. Amy Burnside

Monday, December 9, 2013

Remembering James Voy Cash

“Mr. Brown went to town to buy a load of hay. Mr. Martin came a fartin’ and blew it all away.” 

I was sitting on my Pa-Pa's lap when he first recited that "poem" to me. Kind of a strange way to start out a eulogy, huh? Well when I think of my grandfather, this is the first thing that comes to mind.

James Voy Cash was a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a grandfather, a teacher, a jokester, a veteran, a deacon, and a solid man of God. He was a man of discipline. Literally. One of his jobs was a warden and superintendent of a school district. Many who knew him knew he was a serious man who loved his family and would do whatever it took to provide for them. But what they didn’t get to see is what I got to see every day.

I spent countless hours at my grandparents’ house. Sunday nights were always the night we would all get together and eat dinner. I can’t remember how many times I would beg my parents to let me stay the night. “Pleeeeease, Mom?” Of course on school nights, I always heard “Not tonight, Amy.” But on the nights we didn’t have school the next day, or during the summer, staying the night at Grandma & Pa-Pa’s house was the highlight of my week. Because who doesn’t love getting spoiled by their grandparents? Except for when Pa-Pa would try and get me to drink buttermilk (one of his favorites) instead of regular milk. Yuck!

I have so many memories, it’s hard to pick a favorite. One of them might be the time my grandparents’ church had a Christmas musical, or a “Christmas Cantada” if you will. My grandfather volunteered to video record it in the back, since he wasn’t in the choir. At the end, the music director turned around and invited the congregation to sing along to “Joy to the World”. So much for the congregation. All you could hear was my Pa-Pa wailing out the words, “JOY TO THE WORLD!” He wasn’t the best singer. (Not like his cousin, Johnny Cash.) But he sure did try.

Another favorite memory is probably the time he had just gotten out of the hospital (after being in ICU for almost 3 months due to complications from a routine surgery). He had lost so much weight so my grandmother decided to take him to Wal-Mart to get some new pants. He got to the front door of the store, when all of a sudden his pants dropped to his feet. My grandmother turned around to check on him and saw what happened. “Oh, Voy!” she said. [That phrase came out of her mouth on a daily basis.] But it didn’t phase Pa-Pa. He picked up his pants, marched straight to the men’s clothing, and picked him out a new pair of suspenders. That’s the kind of man he was. Didn’t really get embarrassed. Just took care of business and moved on with his life.

“Boys? You don’t need boys! You only need me!” Paw-Paw was never an advocate for his granddaughters dating. I’ll never forget the time he first met Brandon. I was more nervous for Brandon to meet Pa-Pa then I was my own father! We walked in the house for the Cash Family Thanksgiving last year. Brandon walked over to him and said “Hey there, I’m Brandon.” Pa-Pa said “Hey Brandon, I’m Amy’s grandpa.” It was then I knew, Pa-Pa approved. If he didn’t, he would have come up with some joke to make Brandon feel awkward.  

I will always remember my Pa-Pa as the sweet, joyful man who LOVED his family so much. You could always count on him to crack a joke, shake his empty cup for more sweet tea, ALWAYS eat dessert, and be there for anything you needed, no questions asked.

Pa-Pa, you will live in my heart forever. I can’t wait to see you again one day in Heaven. Be sure to save a place on your lap for me.