Monday, December 28, 2009

Advice for a Mom-to-Be

Ok, this is a question on practicality for all you Mom's out there!

I'm looking at the following crib bedding for Becca - (which, by the way, I'm absolutely in love with):

So here's my question: Do you need the 'comforter' that comes with the set?

I'm thinking it's too bulky to actually use in the crib with the baby, so why buy it? Right????

Feel free to give me any advice/suggestions you have about crib bedding - or anything else you think we might need to know in order to successfully raise this child.

Remember, we have no idea what we're doing:)

Friday, December 25, 2009

firsts & lasts

This was the first Christmas we were able to have everyone over to our house....our new house!

It also marked the first Christmas in which I was pregnant (although I assure you no pickles or ice cream were served today).

This Christmas also marked some lasts - the last Christmas that JP and I will spend as a family of two - God willing.


To quickly summarize our day,
we had lots of presents to open:)

Becca really racked up.

She even got these precious onesies from her Daddy! It absolutely melts my heart to see how in love with her he already is.

Jack even got in on the present opening.

Oh, and let's not forget the finger painting with Blakley:)

But most importantly, we got to spend the day with most of our family.
(We did Christmas Eve with my family - but I didn't get any pictures)

So, yet another Christmas has come and gone. We look forward to 2010 and the arrival of our Becca:)
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas filled with family, food, & lots of love.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Where has the time gone?

Ok, so once again I'm beginning this post with an apology - an apology for not keeping the blog updated (at least not much over the past 6 weeks)! So, I'm going to try my best to give a quick update about what the 3 of us have been up to!

15 weeks:

I was in a car accident on the way to work one morning. I was rear-ended on the interstate and then pushed into the car in front of me and the concrete median. I wasn't hurt - just scared for the baby. After spending all day in the ER and then labor & delivery, we found out that BP was fine:)

16 weeks:

This was a big week for us because we found out that we were having a little girl:)

We weren't supposed to find out the gender of BP until our 21 week ultrasound at the doctors office, however, we couldn't wait so we went to Wee See.
Our little angel wasn't being very cooperative that day, and after 25 minutes, she finally decided to uncross her ankles so we could tell she was a little girl:)
Here are some of the ultrasound pictures from that day:

After our appointment at Wee See, we went straight to the hospital to visit the newest member of the Eleazer family - Baby Hayes.
We actually went to the hospital that morning before our appointment, but Hayes waited until about 5 minutes after we left to make his big debut!

18 weeks:
JP was getting ready to leave for his hunting trip to Kansas, so we decided to put up the tree so I could enjoy it while he was gone!
Please ignore the crooked star at the top - I would love to say that it's now fixed, but it's not. It's still sitting atop our tree, leaning a little to the left.

19 weeks:
This was a VERY long week for me. JP was gone for 9 days, and let's just say I did not enjoy my time alone. I HATE being home alone, so this was very challenging for me.
He was gone over Thanksgiving and we (Grace and I) missed him very much:(

20 weeks:
JP made it home safely and we finally finished decorating the house.
This year we had a lot of fun decorating because it's the first year we've really been able to decorate.

So, BP finally has a name - well, a first name.
Our sweet baby's name is Rebecca, but we will call her Becca. She will be named after my Grandma whom I love dearly.
Here is her stocking that hangs with the other 4 on the mantel.

And I couldn't post about our Christmas decorations without a picture of my JP, up on the roof, hanging the lights on the outside of the house.
Oh, and did I mention these lights happen to be colored icicle lights with colored lights wrapped around the banister on the front porch.
I plan to post pics soon of the outside - it was just way too cold to go out and take a picture tonight:)

21 weeks:
And here we are, finally up to date! This was another big week for us because we got to see our sweet girl again.
I am still amazed that this wonderful, perfect baby girl is growing inside of me. I feel her move ALL of the time and it makes me smile. Here are some pictures of our ultrasound from yesterday:

She was much more cooperative this time - obviously!

Her sweet profile:)
And, we got to see what she actually looks like with the 4D ultrasound.

And last, but not least, here are some belly shots I took tonight. Yes, I've gotten rather large and yes I'm in my pajama's, but you get the point!

Oh, one more thing! We are still trying to decide on a middle name for Becca. We've narrowed it down to two:
Please feel free to let us know which name you like best. I've got to start getting this little girl's stuff monogrammed:)
Much love to you all,
Amanda & JP