Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Saturday, December 11

Outpouring of Love!

Since we found out we are having a baby we have gotten so much support and love from family and friends and I had to share some of the cutest little "gender-neutral" gifts we have gotten for Baby J and other really great reading material. Thank you all for the sweet cards and messages. It has been so much fun and we are just 9 weeks into the adventure. 31 weeks to go!

Let's start with the first 2 little gifts for Baby Jex. I bought the Led Zeppelin Onesie online months ago as soon as Zach and I decided we were gonna "hava a baby". As you might know this is one of Zach's favorite bands of all time so we had to make sure our lil punkin' was rockin out too. Then if you are a Ross you know how we love sock monkeys. There has always been a special one named Ezra that dad gave mom when they were dating and then for Cory and Alicia's wedding mom and dad gave personalized monkeys to all the kids to signify that even though their last name is not Ross, they are still Ross we had to grab this sweet lil Sock monkey beanie from the Gap.

For thanksgiving, Mom and Dad aka...Papa and Gram (or whatever name they settle on) gave us these sweet little winter boots. I am just in love with them and how darn small they are. It is hard to image the "olive-sized baby" growing in my tummy will be able to fit into these in one year.

This week the sweetest ornament arrived from Aunt Franny and Uncle Tim and the kids. I remember when Franny got pregnant with JT, she had an ornament made by the same artist and it had stockings on a mantle and then an extra one for Baby W. She gave them for gifts and that is how she told the family. I was so excited to unwrap this because I know every year when I hang it I will remember how excited we were the Christmas of 2010.

Becky sent me this AWESOME skin care line called Belli! It smells so awesome and it came with lotion, exfoliater, stretch mark oil, and more! I have not had a need to use the oil yet however I have contemplated using it on another region that is growing by the hour :)

One of my favorite gifts we have gotten are helpful and hilarious books! Alicia and Cory sent Zach this book...I hope he finds a few helpful hints in it. I might even have to write in my own little additions!

Within days of telling McShane I was having a baby the most hilarious book showed up on my doorstep...the Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy. I will refrain from quoting the book in case I have any readers with a weak stomach but this book keeps me laughing! Zach will look over at me in bed as I laugh out loud and I simply look at him and say "you don't want to know". Thank you so much Lauren, you know me too well! I have to give Lauren a HUGE shout out for the 8 page typed document she sent me. I actually told Lauren before we told our parents or anyone else because when she got pregnant she was a person trainer in NYC and I had a million questions for her and I didn't want to stop working out for the next 4 weeks until we told everyone. Questions like "Can I still work out?" "If so, is it safe to do the same workouts I am doing now" "Why do people say you can't do crunches" and on and on. So Mrs. Fabulous Over-achiever typed up a novel quoting statistics from medical boards and the American OBGYN association (or something to that effect) and laid to rest all the rumors and guided me in a safe direction with workout examples! How awesome is that...if only she lived about 14 states closer to drag me off of the couch and make me workout on my lazy days.

So like I said, thank you again for all the well wishes and love these last few weeks! We feel so blessed and know baby J is going to be so loved!

1 comment:

Tay and Teigan said...

Don't you love all the love you get? Glad you are staying active . . . I was able to workout for my entire pregnancy and it made SUCH a difference. Keep it up girl, it really will make you feel better and help with your recovery after. So excited for you and this sweet little bundle of joy :)