Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Born 10.9.10 at 4:56 pm
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Outside of baby news, we have been busy, busy, busy with soccer stuff for Josh, church stuff and this past weekend we celebrated my brother's (Curt) completion of his masters degree by going out to dinner as a family at Fogo De Chao (Brazillian Steakhouse). Here is a picture! So proud of my baby brother...he is pretty awesome.
I've been working half days at the office (on my scheduled days to work) since the middle of last week...and tomorrow is officially my last day! WOW! I can't believe that I'm really going to be out of the working world for awhile. Its very surreal. And weird. And usually a good feeling, but sometimes I worry about how its going to fit me...being home all the time. :-) I know its good, it just feels strange! I'll need to be a bit more disciplined on having intentional scheduled time every day (after we survive the newborn stage, that is!)
Well, thats about it....my next post will have baby news! I can't imagine that I will have anything interesting to say in between now and then!
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2,11a There is an appointed time for everything- and there is a time for every event under heaven. A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what has been planted....v.11 He has made everything beautiful in HIS time.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Oh baby....we are excited to meet you. Last Sunday at our small groups my sweet girl friends prayed for you. And me. They prayed that it would be easy :-) They prayed you would be a good sleeper, a good nurser, healthy and happy. I'm on board with all of that! But more than anything I'm just happy that you are coming and that I get to do this all at least one more time. If you are my last baby, then I am more blessed than many, many people. I do not deserve you, I am not entitled to you...but I am blessed to take care of you for a few years and I promise to do my best to do not wish away the hard days, because the days are so, so short.
I just got done reading Marissa Sharbaugh's blog and she really encouraged me. Oh boy...do I want it easy. I identify a lot with a recent entry she wrote titled "Idols of the Heart." But I've come to know that easy doesn't cause me to grow, to change or to be pushed to follow any harder after my Savior...it causes me to be smug, and confident and arrogant in who I am in myself. So...God...give me whatever it is you need to give me to grow me into a mother who is nothing but a complete failure apart from Your grace. I trust You enough to say that! Thanks one more time...for the chance to do pregnancy, in all of its glory and not so glorious days...its such a sweet thing. Thank you. We can't wait to see who you have waiting to meet us.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We went to a John Mayer concert at Verizon for our 7th anniversary. It was great. :-) I think Josh and I might have been the only sober ones there, but still...lots of fun. Who says you can't have some fun when you are eight months pregnant!? :-)
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Uploading and organizing pictures on blogger is a bit of a pain. Facebook though.....its super easy. I don't think I know a single person who doesn't have a facebook or at least access their spouses facebook :-) (even my sweet Grandma's are on facebook for crying out loud! :-))So....guys...the pictures...they are on facebook. And I have 112 of them from this summer. So...go...enjoy....be happy....and don't hate me because I'm not posting them on blogger :-)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Because I have a few reasons to think that I'm at risk for developing diabetes (the number one reason being that my mother was a type I diabetic and her brother-my uncle-is also a type 1 diabetic....so its in the genes), I wanted to take this opportunity to not just take another three hour glucose test (that I passed easily with my pregnancy with Owen)...but to really take a look at how my body was dealing with sugars. I knew that my ketones had looked good. Every time I visit the OB I leave a urine sample and they test it to see if I'm passing any sugar....and I hadn't been. That was a good sign. So, the cut off for the one hour glucose test was 140...and my number was...yep...140. I told my OB that I'd rather "pretend" for the time being that I was a gestational diabetic and check my blood sugar four times a day. "Lucky" for me, a co-worker had an extra glucometer and I've been able to easily check and record my sugars for the past two weeks. This is what I've found: I'm not diabetic. :-) My sugars (both fasting and after meals) have almost ALWAYS been waaaaay below the cutoff (fasting is 90---I'm usually at 68-72 and post meal cut off is 120...I'm usually between 99-109). I took this log to my last OB appointment and she happily agreed with me that I'm not at risk. Personally, this was a good decision for me. I wanted to know how borderline I really was...and for now, it looks good. I'll continue to check my sugars on my own 3-4 times a week to make sure nothing is going crazy wrong...but I'm relieved to know where I'm at and move on from here :-)
So, I have bittersweet feelings about this pregnancy coming to a close. I LOVE being pregnant. Even though this pregnancy has been much more difficult than Owen's I love every little movement (and every BIG kick too :-)) and just LOVE knowing that our baby is growing in my belly. I even love maternity clothes and HAVING a belly. Weird. Its also very hard for me to think about this possibly being my last pregnancy. Josh and I haven't decided for sure, but we think that two might be the right number of kiddos for our family....of course we can't exactly know what GOD thinks about all that...so we'll see. I refuse to take drastic measures until I'm at the age where they consider you high risk (which is 35) so we'll spend the next couple of years trying to figure out if we are done adding to our family (or not). I'm NOT going to miss waking up multiple times during the night trying to decide if I really have to pee bad enough to get out of bed...or to just wait it out until morning :-) I also won't miss waddling, heart burn, CRAZY lower back pain....and gagging. Yep. I'm still gagging. It just won't leave me. I weigh all of this against the sweet time that pregnancy truly is and its definitely worth it. Just some days are harder than others. I can't really fit behind my desk at work without my belly being scrunched...and I'm about to make a declaration that if ONE MORE THING falls on the floor...that's it. Its over for me. I'm NOT picking it up. Still...I will MISS THIS.
All that being said....I just cannot wait to meet this little person. Sometimes I wonder if there is any way that I can love another child as much as I love Owen. I admit, it hurts my brain. Sometimes I think....this baby is for him. So he can have a sibling and not be alone. I already have the love of my life and there is no way I'll feel the same about another baby....but I know that my heart will grow and God will give me grace to feel the same amount of good feelings for this one as I do for my sweet, love-y first-born.
Owen is doing great. I'm not sure how much he gets that his life really is about to change...but I know he will be happy to stuff pacifiers in the baby's mouth, and bring me diapers, and...he really wants to give the baby a bath. Like right away. He says that will be the best thing he can do. Ha! We've been talking about how our baby will be born at a hospital and that mommy will have to be gone for a few days...but he can come and visit me while I'm there. We've also addressed the concept of breastfeeding :-) ha ha...I think he'll do fine with it, but he's used to seeing MOSTLY bottle fed babies around here and I didn't want to freak him out by not giving him an introduction at all about how some babies are fed by their mommies bodies.... He seemed ok with the overall idea :-) We'll see!
So, Josh's first official day with students was TODAY. Craziness. His first soccer game is next Monday, and his travel team has their first tournament the weekend of Aug. 21. Yesterday I made a spreadsheet schedule and...wow. Its a bit overwhelming. :-) We could definitely use prayers as we navigate this crazy time.
I have a few new pictures to put up, so I'll get back on and do that soon. Know that we are doing well...keeping busy and looking forward to meeting our new baby! Soon enough I'll be putting pictures up of that! We are blessed :-) Enjoy what is left of your summer....I know that I am ready for FALL!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Today Owen and I ran into the grocery store to pick up a few things. It was late in the afternoon, nap time was approaching and Owen was on his last leg. I needed about four items, so I opted not to get a cart. About 30 seconds into the grocery store Owen started whining for him to carry him. I did so for about a minute but it became too much for me to juggle a pregnant belly, a 3 year old and the groceries I was picking up. By the time we had checked out, I had a crying little boy, four groceries bags in my hand and I was....sweating. As we exited the grocery store, we passed a sweet looking elderly woman sitting on a bench near the exited. She looked at me with sympathy, patted my back on the way out and said these words...."are you not blessed?!". Geesh. Indeed I am. If I stopped to count the ways God has blessed me and covered my life in grace and blessing....I would spend hours.....and probably more.
My child(ren) are my greatest joy. And, tonight I mourn for some church friends who were waiting to take home their newly adopted daughter when the birth mother changed her mind. Praying that Jesus will be close to them right now!
I love it that it seems like God puts just the right people in my path to turn my pity party around and remind me of what a wonderful life I have. Just wanted to share. If I never do anything big with my life..if I only manage to live a small, simple life...I know that I have everything I ever dreamed of. I am a wife and I am a mother. And for this, I thank God and ask him to keep me mindful of all that I have.
Thank you for this:
Friday, June 4, 2010
And a rather blurry profile shot of our youngest child. We caught BB2 during his/her active time and the tech had to freeze the shot and blow it up. Still precious! We love you baby!
Friday, May 28, 2010
We got to see all four chambers of the heart, all of the vital organs, the spine and a QUICK side profile shot...this little one was moving around SO MUCH that it was really hard to get measurements! And...I will post the ultrasound pictures eventually (we are having a little computer trouble at home), but the profile pic is blown up and very blurry because its the best the tech could get with all of the movement! I was a little dissapointed in that, but mostly just very relieved that our baby is lookin' fine :-)
My blood pressure was GREAT (better than the last two visits even), I'm finally up one pound and my sugars continue to look good (last time I failed my glucose test but passed my three hour test, so they are monitoring me more closely this time...obviously type one diabetes run in my family so I need to be watched).
Have we shared our names yet? I don't think officially.
The deal is that Josh gets to pick the boy name. We've decided on two: Benjamin Aaron or Wesley Jameson. I like them both equally! What do you think?
Our girl name is set in stone: Clare Elizabeth
Feeling really blessed and grateful to so far have to two healthy kiddos. 19 weeks to go! (I'm 21 weeks today and really am fine to stop gagging ANY DAY NOW :-))
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
With that said...Owen loved Puggles! Puggles is part of the AWANA program...for toddlers! It was great! They learned a verse ("God saw it was good"!) and sang two songs: "The Wiseman built his House Upon the ROCK"! and "Father Abraham". I cannot express my joy when I see my child growing in knowledge and truth at such a young age...we are so blessed by our church, College Park, and by the amazing people that take care of our little ones. Owen will be a Cubbie next year! Fun times! Enjoy the pics...have a few smiles and giggles!
"The rains came down and the floods came up"!
"And the wiseman's house stood FIRM" (Owen really liked the FIRM action! :-))
So...everything is lookin' good! I (FOR SURE) started feeling this little one move around at 15 weeks. Its like little butterflies...or a goldfish swiming around in my belly :-) I moved into maternity pants at about 15 weeks and...lets just be honest, its a much more comfortable way to do life. I'm happy, baby must be happy...good feelings all around. Our next appt is at the end of May and we'll get to have our ultrasound! So excited to take a look at this sweet pea! (but not the in between the legs area. I am unwavering I tell ya! :-)
Ok. That's about it for BB2 and I. Feeling pretty good....much less vomiting and while I still fall asleep by 10:00 PM on the couch, I'll be honest. I did that before I was pregnant, so I can't say that anything is much different. :-)
Owen had a wonderful birthday party! We packed our house out (again, when will I learn?! 1600 sq. ft=NOT ENOUGH ROOM FOR FORTY PEOPLE! I'm clearly in denial!) with dear family and friends and celebrated in true Woody and Buzz Lightyear style. My child might actually think that he IS Buzz Lightyear. I'm not sure. I'm neither encouraging nor discouraging it. How many times in adulthood do you get to entertain the idea that you are a superhero anyways?! Not many for me! I'm pretty sure most of my days are filled with bill paying, cleaning, working, child training and ....well, I'm not totally miserable. We do have a date night here and there....and I do get the occassional trip to California with the girls, he he :-) Anyways. I'm just sayin'. If he wants to think he's Buzz Lightyear, its probably ok. Chances are, he'll grow up and have to do life just like the rest of us boring old adults! Whew! Rabbit trail! Here are the pictures! Enjoy! I can't believe my BABY is THREE!!!!