Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Fall Y'all

October has been a great month and it's hard to believe that it's almost over! Here are some pictures from the month.
And make sure you read all the way to the end for the big announcement!

We carved pumpkins (for the first time in years) with Lala and Jason!

Note the Dutch Fork sweatshirt I am wearing:) I borrowed it from Lala - JP was not happy!

Here are the products of our hard work! Feel free to tell us which pumpkin you like the best.

Lala & Jason's pumpkin

My pumpkin - yes, I'm well aware the he looks 'special' as Bubba put it.

And finally, JP's pumpkin. He was very proud of himself!


I've also had the opportunity to visit more with Baby Abby. She gets more beautiful every time I see her.

On this particular visit she got to wear her outfit I bought her:)

I know it's hard to read what's on the outfit, so I'll help you out.

This sweet outfit says:

Who wouldn't love this sweet thing?

And last, but not least, a new belly shot. Here we are at 15 weeks.
NOTE: This picture was changed this morning because I looked absolutely enormous in the one we took last night!

So, here's the big announcement:

Next Saturday, Nov. 7th, JP and I will find out the sex of BP!

Let me explain - since we will not have our next ultrasound with our doctor until I'm 21 weeks, we decided to cheat a little.
There is a place in Columbia called Wee See which is a facility where you can go to have ultrasounds performed. Here we can go at 16 weeks and find out whether BP is a little girl or little boy. Our friends Lindsay and Callahan did this a couple of months ago and were able to find out 4 weeks early that they were expecting a girl.
We are beyond excited that we'll know the sex in a week and a half.

Make sure you check the blog next week because I'm going to have a poll for everyone to cast their vote as to whether they think I'm having a girl or boy:)

I hope everyone has a very happy halloween!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

God's Miracles

So much good news to share!

First, my friend Lindsey (Paschal) Mobley and her husband Brian welcomed their daughter Addison Mae Mobley into the world on September 12th. Congrats guys:) I can't wait to love on her!!!

Then, on Friday, our friends Lindsay and Callahan welcomed their sweet little girl into the world. Abby Mills Morden weighed in at 8lbs 5oz and both Mommy and baby are doing great.

I got to meet her last night and love on her! Oh, how I love snuggling a baby!

JP even held her (despite his fear of a fire drill!) That's a story I'll share another day:)

And finally, the long awaited ultrasound pictures.
The ultrasound tech said everything looked great - she also shared with us that this baby is measuring big. Great! Just what the pregnant woman wants to hear!

I am constantly amazed that their is a baby inside me - growing.
I got an email the other day that made me really stop and think about how amazing pregnancy is. It was written by Erma Bombeck after she was diagnosed with cancer. She was writing about all of the things in life she would have done differently, and one of the things she wrote about was pregnancy. She said this:
"Instead of wishing away 9 months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

truly amazing

Well, here we are at 12 weeks. The past 3 weeks have been a little rough. The 'all day sickness' that I've had has been horrible. The acid reflux that I've had has been agonizing. The gallbladder problems (that I've self-diagnosed myself with) have been horrendous.

But all of that aside, I have also experienced some TRULY AMAZING THINGS!

I had the opportunity this past Saturday to participate in the Breast Cancer Walk for Life. If you've never done this, you must add this to your 'Bucket List'. I cannot begin to describe how overwhelming it was to see so many people, walking for those who have been affected by this devastating disease. I did the walk with my friend Lauren, whose mother is currently battling cancer.

Mary finished her chemo for breast cancer last August, but in March doctors found a spot on her liver and a spot on her spine. We have been praying, praying, praying for her, and she is fighting this cancer with all that she has.
If you don't know Mary, I hope that one day you have the opportunity to meet her.

When Lauren and I decided to do the walk we thought it would be fun to make our own shirts because unfortunately, we both have people very close to us who have fought breast cancer.

My Grandma was also diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been in remission for years and we are thankful everyday for that! My Grandma is one of my favorite people in the world. My Grandma is my happiness, and I love her to the moon and back:)

I didn't have my camera the day of the walk, so I wasn't able to take pictures of Lala and I in our shirts - however, here are pictures I took today.
*Please excuse the fact that it is extremely wrinkled. It's been balled up in the laundry basket since Saturday.*

Now, on to the pregnancy! We have officially completed 12 weeks. We had our 2nd doctor's appointment today - no ultrasound, but we did get to hear the heartbeat (for a whole 3 seconds)

Our doctor was obviously in a hurry, but it was wonderful to actually 'hear' the baby!
The doctor said he only heard one heartbeat - 'for now' he so graciously added.

My stomach has grown, but I haven't gained a whole lot of weight (yet). From my last appointment I had gained 4 pounds, but total weight gain has only been 2 pounds (since I lost some weight in the first couple of weeks).

I'm going on the record to say that I'm going to TRY really hard to gain no more than 25-30 pounds during this pregnancy, but I'm not making any promises!

I'm sure I will look back at this post sometime in the future and be really happy I decided to post THAT goal on the internet, but I'm hoping it will help keep me motivated to not eat everything I can shove in my mouth:)

Well, even though I've been slack with posting on the blog, I promise that I will have a new post for you Monday or Tuesday. We are going back to the doctor on Monday for the ultrasound that we begged for very maturely asked for:)
Ok, now I feel like I need to justify that. I really just feel like a medical professional needs to LOOK at my baby and make sure everything is OK before 20 weeks. Pushing around on my uterus is great and all, but actually seeing the baby will make US feel much better!