In Love

Well, our little girl is here, as most of you probably know. Josh and I are completely in love with her. We just sit and stare at her in awe of how completely wonderful and beautiful she is (even when she's screaming :). God has blessed us abundantly! I had planned, and still do, to post a nice little entry about her birth, complete with pictures. I wish I had posted that first, but I haven't had time, nor do I tonight, so this prayer request will have to come first. Tomorrow we are taking Ava to Vanderbilt to be tested for a health condition that I have that is genetic. Ava will be okay either way, but it would be easier for all of us if the results are negative. Btw, the results won't be back for several weeks to months. Again, I hate to make my first post on Ava about this subject, because we really are overwhelmed with joy and thanksgiving, and she is just perfect and healthy and beautiful, but I know I can go into this appointment tomorrow with a lot more peace having your prayers with me. Thanks so much!

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  • sarai
    Definitely praying. Love the pictures! Keep them coming!!! Can't wait to meet her!
    by sarai at 07/08/10 8:20PM
  • mrs_worm
    she is beautiful! We will be praying for you.
    by mrs_worm at 07/08/10 8:29PM
  • tweedledee
    Lovely!!!!!!!!!!! THe b/w one is classic!
    by tweedledee at 07/08/10 9:07PM
  • snickers63
    Beautiful pictures. Will keep you in our prayers. Let us know when you know!!
    by snickers63 at 07/08/10 11:06PM
  • beckdobbins
    Happy 1 month! Know we're praying
    by beckdobbins at 07/09/10 4:27AM
  • shaneg
    Pray, done. I just can't imagine a picture of a sweeter baby (parents too).
    by shaneg at 07/09/10 5:18AM
  • friedaj
    Hope the results come back negative. Praying
    by friedaj at 07/09/10 9:21PM
  • frogkisser
    She is BEAUTIFUL! I am not surprised :) Definitely praying for you all.
    by frogkisser at 07/11/10 9:03AM
  • s_laughter
    You know we're praying! I'm in love with her too!!!
    by s_laughter at 07/12/10 2:13PM
  • shelbysmom
    Lindsay, Ava is so beautiful. I love that first picture...did your husband take it? We will be praying for her health! Can't wait to meet her.
    by shelbysmom at 07/23/10 10:14PM
  • snickers63
    Thinking about you two this morning. Hoping things are going well.
    by snickers63 at 07/28/10 10:34AM
  • snickers63
    Not much... just hammers and saws and dust and tarps. Wondering how you are doing!!!!
    by snickers63 at 09/11/10 7:30PM
  • friedaj
    Have you also jumped ship for facebook?
    by friedaj at 01/22/11 6:39PM
  • friedaj
    Wondering how Ava's tests came out
    by friedaj at 04/04/11 9:09AM
  • grandmadiane
    Just because the pics u posted are beautiful there is no reason you can't post updates! She is a very sweet young lady and you need to update here as well as FB :)
    by grandmadiane at 06/17/11 3:13PM

9 months is a long time...

But all of a sudden it seems like it has gone by so quick (esp. when you watch in slideshow form)! I'm actually a tad bit sad that this special time is about to end, but I know a more special time is about to begin, and we can't wait to meet our little girl! We're in the countdown--she'll be here sometime in the next 7 days. The doctor is worried (because of my previous surgeries) about the chance he might have to do a C-section if she is too big, so he's scheduled me for an induction on Friday if she doesn't come earlier. The way things are going though, I would be amazed if I make it that long.

I've actually been really lucky. I've had a couple of scares and one ambulance trip to the hospital that I hope to never repeat. But, as a whole, I have felt much better and been able to get more done (with the help of a very handy husband) than before I got pregnant. It has been such a wonderful break from my health problems after the past couple of rough years. I'm really hoping it will continue.

I put together some pictures from the last 6 months of what all we've been up to. I meant to do this several months ago, but didn't get around to it, so there are more pictures than I originally intended on having. A brief run-down: I watched my sister for a week or more during my mom's surgery, helped throw 2 showers, was in my cousin's beautiful wedding, got to be at the hospital when my first nephew was born, had 2 amazing baby showers, sold items in 2 yard sales, and fixed up the nursery. Josh, in the mean time, has painted and installed chair rail in our bedroom, painted the guest bath, painted and installed tile in our master bath, and painted or put together every piece of furniture in Ava's room. Yeah, he's had a pretty long honey-do list--He says I make nesting an extreme sport. :) He's done such an impressive job with it all!

Thank you all for your support and encouragement and generosity in so many different ways over the past several months! I look forward to posting some new pictures soon of our family of 3!


  • mrs_worm
    Love LOVE the room! I'm very excited for you both. She's a lucky girl!
    by mrs_worm at 06/04/10 8:21PM
  • grandmadiane
    Your boundless joy is an inspiration! I love the room and hope there are no surprises in delivery - like Ava being and Avry! But then that wouldn't require too much change :)... well except for all the dresses...I only wish I had been able to 'do' for you - you are a blessing in the life of many and I am thankful to God that you are in my life :)
    by grandmadiane at 06/04/10 8:47PM
  • mrs_poochie
    nursery looks great. the baby loading shirts are funny.
    by mrs_poochie at 06/04/10 9:28PM
  • snickers63
    The room(s) look great!!! Someone has bee very very busy!

    Hope the week goes well with you. I"ll be thinking of you!!!
    by snickers63 at 06/04/10 11:22PM
  • frogkisser
    Hooray! I like this post. Can't wait to see baby Ava!
    by frogkisser at 06/04/10 11:25PM
  • shaneg
    Well Josh has obviously already delivered. Was it a boy or girl?

    You guys are going to be outstanding parents!!!
    by shaneg at 06/05/10 6:42AM
  • beckdobbins
    You make it all look so easy!
    by beckdobbins at 06/05/10 8:26PM
  • tweedledee
    Hahaha! So much fun reading this post. Josh is such a sweet husband. You are blessed. ;) We can't wait to meet Ava!
    by tweedledee at 06/06/10 3:09PM
  • lilsis
    very cute pictures! the place looks fabulous!!!
    by lilsis at 06/07/10 9:36AM
  • lol_smile456
    HAHA! The pic. of you & Josh "pregnant" is great!! :)
    Ava's room is Beautiful! I have my name is letters like that, it's soo cute! Can't wait to meet Ava :)
    Love you & have a Great Delivery!
    by lol_smile456 at 06/07/10 4:57PM
  • kerrielee
    Everything is adorable,glad it is all going well.Good luck on Friday,if not before,your in our prayers always.
    by kerrielee at 06/08/10 3:55PM
  • grandmadiane
    The conference will be over at the end of this week. I went by the Dr office to see if anyone else can do the surgery
    by grandmadiane at 06/08/10 5:35PM
  • big_guy
    hey lindsey! how are the three of you doing these days? are you guys going to be in the m'boro area the 4th of july weekend?
    by big_guy at 06/21/10 11:23AM

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

For those of you who don't know, we are expecting a little girl! We are so excited! Her name is Ava (still trying to decide on a middle name), which means "bearer of good news."

Overall, I have been blessed with a pretty smooth pregnancy. We did have an issue come up this past week. I got some test results back that showed I am at a higher risk of preterm labor (anywhere between now and 35 weeks). The doctor is optimistic, but keeping a close on me and has me on restricted activity and travel. Thankfully, I am not showing any signs of going into labor right now, and am not on bed rest (Yay!). I'm having the test redone a week from tomorrow, and hopefully that will give me better results (esp. since those travel restrictions may hamper my ability to be a bridesmaid in a very special wedding on March 6). We are definitely excited to meet her, but not this soon, so we would appreciate prayers that this situation will resolve and she will stay where she is and be healthy for a while longer.

Having to rest a bit is probably good for me though. The past several months have been packed with holidays, planning 2 showers, keeping my sister for a week, and traveling back home to help my mom after her surgery. It's been nice to be able to breath! It the meantime, Josh has been doing a lot of updates a round the house, and I can't wait to post pictures. He redid our bedroom (new paint and chair rail) and repainted our bathroom and put tile above the shower. He did a great job! Right now, he's working on a coffee table that has more storage for all the kid toys that will soon me filling our house. :)

I thought I'd end with some pics of Ava. I have had the privilege of seeing her quite often on ultrasound, for various reasons, and it has just been so amazing to watch her grow. She is getting big--already 1 lb 3 oz! It is awe-inspiring (and, at times, a bit scary) to realize how very little I have to do with the process. It is such a blessing to be able to see God's work in progress! How anyone can diminish God or the life that He creates after seeing pictures like these, and seeing the little heart beating even in the earliest stages, is beyond me.



"For you have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." Psalm 139:13-14
  • sarai
    Josh is building things!!! He is even cooler than I thought! I have got to come hang out with you all. I wish we had the right tools to build things! I watch too much HGTV and now I want to build stuff. I am glad things are ok. Keep us updated. AND KEEP RESTING AND TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF! Love you!
    by sarai at 02/22/10 2:29PM
  • beckdobbins
    Everything looks good!
    by beckdobbins at 02/22/10 2:38PM
  • boromom
    Thanks for letting us see your sweet little Ava! Love those profile pics. :-) It is time for you to take some time for relaxing.
    by boromom at 02/22/10 5:08PM
  • lol_smile456
    Awww! I'm in Awe at how fast she's growing :D
    by lol_smile456 at 02/22/10 6:09PM
  • snickers63
    It is amazing isn't it??? Keep resting and taking care of yourself and little Ava!!
    by snickers63 at 02/22/10 8:51PM
  • shelbysmom
    Ava is gorgeous! I will keep your little family in my prayers.
    by shelbysmom at 02/22/10 9:04PM
  • tweedledee
    That is sooo wonderful! Glad you are not on bed rest and hoping that all goes well and the baby is strong and healthy when she arrives. I am so excited!
    by tweedledee at 02/22/10 10:55PM
  • frogkisser
    Hooray!!!!
    by frogkisser at 02/23/10 6:38PM
  • mrs_worm
    I just realized you weren't on my friend list.... strange!! now you are! I'm very excited about your baby. I hope things continue to go well.
    by mrs_worm at 02/23/10 10:15PM
  • s_laughter
    That's my niece!!!!! I'm super excited to get a nephew and a niece in the same year! Hmmm.. now what kind of frilly things can I find or make for this little Ava?
    by s_laughter at 02/24/10 2:49PM
  • jesspico
    What beautiful pictures, Lindsey!! So happy for y'all... hope you're getting plenty of rest right now. I'm having to force myself to do the same! Less than a 100 days for you now!
    by jesspico at 03/15/10 12:45AM
  • ambermarie
    Love the name! Hope you can stave off labor til little Ava is healthy enough to meet you!
    by ambermarie at 03/27/10 1:01PM
  • snickers63
    Check fb messages! ;-)
    by snickers63 at 04/10/10 10:39AM
  • snickers63
    sent...
    by snickers63 at 04/10/10 8:23PM
  • snickers63
    Ha, not weird at all. Austin signed onto fb... on my computer... and I guess I sent it on his account without knowing it. Oops!!!!
    by snickers63 at 04/11/10 5:02PM
  • frogkisser
    Well, it's about four hours closer to "home"--which cuts down a 16 hour trip to 12. It still seems crazy long, but we can actually make 12 hours in a day, sixteen just is too much.
    by frogkisser at 05/28/10 8:48PM
  • grandmadiane
    Thank you Lindsey. And we are praying for you and yours... I am so excited for Ava's arrival!
    by grandmadiane at 06/03/10 11:00PM

Needing advice

Doing research for future purchases, thought I'd get some input.

First, I'm wanting to get some new porch lights for better security. Should I get brushed nickel (silver) or black? We've got tan siding, green shutters. Side note: Our security door has a gold frame, which we will eventually replace, but not for a while.

Second, anyone have any advice on where to look online or in the Nashville/M'boro area for good prices on baby stuff? Baby gear is like wedding merchandise--they mark it up so much and they never put it on sale. Just nearing the end of the 1st trimester, so I've still got a while, but I'd like to go on and get some info for when I have time here or there to do some browsing.

Oh, and thank you all so much for all the sweet comments and for sharing in our excitement!
  • amandochka
    I would keep my eye on the Nashville Craigslist. If you don't mind used stuff, you can get some pretty sweet deals.
    by amandochka at 11/24/09 7:52PM
  • beckdobbins
    Check out Once Upon a Child and I think either would work on the lights.... black is probably cheaper and would look just as nice
    by beckdobbins at 11/24/09 8:13PM
  • beckdobbins
    Congrats on the ticker
    by beckdobbins at 11/24/09 8:13PM
  • grandmadiane
    Here are some suggestions:

    http://www.kidsconsignmentsales.com/tn.htm#Murfreesboro - gives you a list of consignment sales in the area and who to contact ..call me and I would be glad to go with you

    http://babycheapskate.blogspot.com/ - blog with baby deals

    http://financialplan.about.com/od/savingmoney/a/BargainShopping.htm - list of when what is on sale...don't remember if baby month is included but there is usually a month baby items are on sale...

    there are also 3 consignment stores in the boro that I know of... Rocking Horse on Northfield, Once Upon A Child in Georgetown shopping center on Broad, and over by the old Wal-mart store. Be glad to go with you to any of them. I have sold through Rocking Horse and bought there and Once Upon a Child.

    Shandi and James had a GREAT stroller - I will have to ask the brand - but it was the only stroller I have ever been comfortable in going on long walks while using and didn't feel like I was fighting the stroller all the way...



    by grandmadiane at 11/24/09 9:14PM
  • grandmadiane
    Oh...and I am writing them down on Pleo so that I can remember :)
    by grandmadiane at 11/24/09 9:15PM
  • cnh42
    There's also a new consignment store in M'boro, but I don't know the location or the name :) Helpful huh?! Craig's List is awesome as are the places mentioned above.
    by cnh42 at 11/24/09 9:53PM
  • jennking
    Just saw your post below! Congratulations Lindsey! What a blessing!
    by jennking at 11/26/09 8:17AM
  • grandmadiane
    thanks but I still don't know how to post pics in an entry on pleo :(
    by grandmadiane at 12/05/09 9:45PM
  • grandmadiane
    that wasn't a list of complaints but I guess it sounded like one... sorry ... no things are fine
    by grandmadiane at 12/16/09 9:04PM
  • shelbysmom
    We just started researching vaccines but I've found that it is VERY hard to find objective material. The best book I've found is Dr Sear's Vaccine book. He gives information about each disease, how the vaccines are made, why you might choose to get it or not and other pertinent material. So far, so good. We will also be interviewing a new pediatrician and I will ask her opinion.

    Regarding hypnosis during birth...I used Hypnobabies with Sadie. It was great! I highly recommend this program to anyone. I plan on using it again with this next birth any others we may have. I recently had the privilege of assisting one of my best friends and her husband during the birth of their first child. She also used Hypnobabies and did wonderful...half of the time we thought she was asleep! It was also a good experience to be on that side of the hypnosis. There is a program called Hypnobirth and, from what I understand, it is not as good as Hypnobabies (HB). Check out Hypnobabies.com. If there is not an instructor in your area or you can't fit the classes into your schedule, the home study course is great. It's what I have and I let my friend borrow it and she used it too.

    Good luck in your research!!
    by shelbysmom at 12/17/09 7:36PM
  • shelbysmom
    You can definitely use it at any place you decide to give birth. I have only used it at home but the friend I mentioned gave birth in a hospital. I actually think that it is geared toward giving birth in a hospital, since that is what most women do. There are suggestions for talking to your physician and nurses and how to handle the constant interruptions at the hospital. Again, I definitely recommend it!
    by shelbysmom at 12/21/09 11:05PM
  • grandmadiane
    Thanks for asking..Addie is doing fine. Her seizures are just becoming part of our life and we are learning to live with that.
    by grandmadiane at 01/09/10 1:24AM
  • snickers63
    Thanks. That's 2 weeks in a row I have found plumbing problems in a timely manner. Just call me the plumbing fairy!! It could have been really bad... but we found it... but the repair is gonna be bad. Bad with a capital B. But it could have been BAD. Feel like the fella with his fingers and toes in the dike, trying to stop the impending disaster.
    by snickers63 at 01/19/10 11:02PM
  • lol_smile456
    Ohhh you guys are Great!! ♥
    by lol_smile456 at 01/26/10 5:54PM
  • grandmadiane
    Hope mom continues to do well and improves by leaps and bounds... Dee had an event yesterday. Not sure if it was a seizure or not. Very different from the others.. She goes to neurologist on Thursday so we'll see what he says.
    by grandmadiane at 01/29/10 8:33PM
  • lol_smile456
    Thank you Lindsey :)
    by lol_smile456 at 02/07/10 9:21PM
  • cnh42
    My mother and grandma made it for me :) Joann's has great sales on material if you are looking to make your own.
    by cnh42 at 02/08/10 12:44PM
  • cnh42
    Secret: My g'ma knows how to quilt and could have done that, BUT I actually just bought the piece of material like that and she just sewed a back on and put some stuffing in the middle :) As for the bumper pad, I bought one at a consignment sale and they just made a "pillowcase" for it...So, you could probably do all of that yourself.
    by cnh42 at 02/11/10 9:39AM

Truly a time of Thanksgiving!

My favorite season is spring, but I have to say, I am loving the beautiful weather and fall colors! I'm looking forward to the holidays and being able to be with family and friends, and this year, I have some extra special blessings to be thankful for.

The past couple weeks have been esp. exciting. Last week, we celebrated my sweet sister turning 22. Monday, my brother received his Master's degree (2 more years to PhD), and I'm really proud of him for that. Wednesday, I found out that I have an adorable little....nephew (Marla and Jeremy are having a boy!).
And today...I got to see my precious little baby for the 2nd time (and this time it actually looked like a baby! ;) So for those of you I haven't been able to tell in person yet, Josh and I are expecting our first child, and he or she is doing great! Nine weeks and counting--due date is June 20, 2010. In the storm and in the rainbow, God is great, but we are so especially thankful for this beautiful rainbow He has given us.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord" Ps. 127:3a

"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is they faithfulness!" Lam. 3:23
  • racheld
    That is soo soo exciting! Congratulations!
    by racheld at 11/13/09 4:05PM
  • tweedledee
    Dear Lindsey, I did not know that... I am sooooo thrilled!!!!!! and Nana and Papa are too!!!!! =) God is so abundantly full of blessings for us! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ...it IS a beautiful season!
    by tweedledee at 11/13/09 7:18PM
  • neenee
    This is wonderful! I did not know, so I am so excited for you! May God bless you and your child as you develop together during this special time. :)
    by neenee at 11/13/09 8:07PM
  • mattmanua
    Congratulations! I can't wait to meet little Eugene or Ursula!
    by mattmanua at 11/13/09 10:06PM
  • amandochka
    Congratulations you two (three)! I'm very happy for you.
    by amandochka at 11/13/09 10:07PM
  • boromom
    :-)
    by boromom at 11/13/09 10:52PM
  • big_guy
    that's fantastic! i have all the confidence in the world that you two will be fantastic parents. this is indeed very exciting.
    by big_guy at 11/14/09 12:57AM
  • onelittlecandle
    Congratulations!! Wonderful news!
    by onelittlecandle at 11/14/09 8:31AM
  • vols_fan
    Congrats, so happy for you!!!!
    by vols_fan at 11/14/09 10:59AM
  • mrs_poochie
    congrats to all of the expanding slaughter family
    by mrs_poochie at 11/14/09 6:16PM
  • beckdobbins
    God is good!
    by beckdobbins at 11/15/09 3:06PM
  • shelbysmom
    Congrats!! What a multitude of blessings! I pray that all will go well during your pregnancy!
    by shelbysmom at 11/15/09 8:29PM
  • rebekah
    Hey! I clicked on the link on the right of the page that says "profile" and then in the big space at the bottom where it says "blurb" I pasted the HTML code for the countdown timer I picked out. Do you need help finding one you like?
    by rebekah at 11/16/09 2:04PM
  • grandmadiane
    have to go the the Target in smyrna to get Turkeys
    by grandmadiane at 11/17/09 10:31AM
  • rebekah
    I think it's a mini. The full sized ones fit back when everything was on the left of the page, but not now that it's on the right. There are a few other websites, but I'm not sure if they fit or not. :) Try googling "pregnancy tickers" if you want to see what else is out there.
    by rebekah at 11/17/09 1:04PM
  • rebekah
    Looks good! :)
    by rebekah at 11/17/09 8:26PM
  • shaneg
    Yippee! What a blessing. You have my permission to use my name if you want (boy or girl).
    by shaneg at 11/18/09 5:25PM
  • big_guy
    i don't really feel settled up here, which is probably good, since i'll prob have to move again early next year into another place. i'm still trying to get to know folks out here, which has been kinda slow, everyone is pretty busy. so it gets a bit lonely at times, oh well, tis life
    by big_guy at 11/19/09 10:32AM
  • lilsis
    Now I'm an aunt on both sides of the family! :) I'll give you fair warning... Ryan & I are going to make Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday!!!! Run for your life!!! Or bring a frozen TV dinner as backup.
    by lilsis at 11/19/09 11:48AM
  • lilsis
    haha, I won't take it as a personal insult. I'll think it's really funny (although I'll still feel bad for you) and we'll make sure Ryan video tapes you running from the Thanksgiving table to the bathroom to puke. ;-P I'm not sure what we're making... it may be a little non-traditional... Ryan was thinking maybe duck instead of turkey. haha. I suggested possum. ;-P J/k, actually, I suggested lamb or grilling pork or steak. At any rate, he's in charge of the meat. The sides will be something along the order of mashed 'taters, dressing, green bean casserole, zucchini bread, corn on the cob, orange jello salad and a possible sighting of cranberry, mac & cheese, or sweet potatoes, although I'm sure we'll just pick one of those. Dessert will just be pumpkin pie and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. And cider as a drink option.
    by lilsis at 11/20/09 11:07AM