Friday, November 30, 2012

Baby Bump Ahead

I've been getting requests on posting baby bump pictures.  So for my mom and MIL enjoyment, I'll post what I have so far.  I definitely have gained the "you ate too much pooch", and Weston laughs at how I rock my jeans unbuttoned after dinner.  But I just went to the doctor today, and I've only gained less than a pound and still weigh about what I did pre-pregnancy.  I did have a dream the night after our Thanksgiving feast that I gained over 40 pounds at my 14 week appointment.  The numbers on the scale kept going up, and the nurse just had me step off once it hit past 40.  Oh crazy pregnancy dreams!

I'm sure I'll look back on these baby bump pictures and enjoy them, but I'm already starting to regret doing them weekly.  I guess the further along I am the more difference we'll see week to week.  And yes, I do realize I probably won't have the time or energy if we're blessed with more children, but it's fun to do for the first. :)






Well that's all for now.  I'll try to post these regularly each week as we go along.

Thank you all so much for all your love and support with our news.  It was so exciting to share with the world, and everyone's kind comments made it even sweeter.

Before I leave, Weston found this somewhere online, and he said he wants this for the baby.  Who needs a baby bjorn when you could have this??


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope everyone is enjoying time with family and friends remembering the many blessings in their lives.  Weston and I plan on celebrating one BIG blessing this year!

Yep, we are 13 weeks pregnant!!  Here is our ultrasound at 12 weeks sleeping with his/her hand on its face.


I still can't believe that we're pregnant and in our 2nd trimester.  Those who are close to Weston and I know that we've been praying and struggling to start our family for 2 years.  We were diagnosed with unexplained infertility, and we've been through more doctors appointments, shots, blood draws, and ultrasounds than I ever imagined.  But I am so thankful for my husband who has been my support and partner through the most difficult time in our short 5 year marriage.  He's wanted this baby just as badly as me, and he has stayed so strong and faithful to me and the Lord.

Above is our ultrasound picture to ensure our baby was in my uterus-where it should be for the next 9 months.  When we first found out we were finally pregnant, our doctors were not hopeful that this baby would live.  They were concerned my hormones were not increasing like they should be and perhaps this baby was ectopic or I would miscarry.  So we were in what I termed Pregnancy Purgatory.  I knew I was pregnant, but my heart was guarded.  It wasn't joyful like I imagined.  We didn't get to surprise our parents with great news.  We had to share with them that this may not be our time, but they were our prayer warriors.  It was the most emotionally draining two weeks of my life waiting until we were far enough along to see on an ultrasound where our little one was.  For those two weeks, I went to the doctor every other day for bloodwork.

After the first week of finding out we were pregnant and my hormone levels, I was told my doctor wanted to talk to me about his concerns at my next appointment.  I knew it wasn't good.  I was devastated, and my mom came down that very next day to be with me and go to my appointment.  I am so thankful that my mom was there with me.  The doctor was very kind and explained to us his concerns of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.  He told me in his 20 year career as an infertility doctor that only two of his patients with hormone levels like mine went on to have healthy pregnancies.  So we left knowing it was all in God's hands and prayed that the baby wasn't ectopic, and if I were to miscarry, it would happen naturally.  I could not believe after struggling for two years that I was praying for a natural miscarriage, but I had to give this baby up to God's will.  He blessed us with this baby, and it was His will I prayed for our baby.

After our appointment, we went to Hobby Lobby to get crafty and get our minds off of everything for a little bit.  I will never forget this moment.  We were right there in the middle of the ribbon aisle when I got a phone call from my nurse that my numbers had tripled!  It was a miracle!!  My mom and I tried to contain our excitement and praise with the news we had gotten in Hobby Lobby to minimize the strange stares of why two women were so excited about ribbon.  I continued bloodwork monitoring for another week with each time tripling.  They want it to double, so triple was wonderful.  The doctor called to tell me that he hoped he was wrong on this one, our baby, and continue to rest until my first ultrasound.

Like I said earlier, our first ultrasound showed the baby was snug in my uterus, but we still had a long way to go.  It wasn't until another week that we heard the baby's heartbeat.  It was good and strong at 126 bpm, and the doctor told us it was a good sign of a healthy pregnancy.  It was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard.  I wish I had an ultrasound picture from that appointment, but I don't.  Below was next week's ultrasound where the heart rate was 160 bpm.

A little video of the heartbeat from 7.5 weeks along.

video

And we had one more ultrasound before I graduated to the OB!  Heartbeat was in the 180's, and the doctor congratulated me. This was so exciting to finally be released to the OB and join the baby bump group. 

 And on Halloween, I had my very first OB appointment at 10 weeks.  Here was our little pumpkin's Halloween picture.

I want my all my family to know how thankful I am for the love and support that they give to Weston and I.  We are so blessed.  We were blessed even before we conceived this baby, and now my heart is bursting.  I have never been happier than how I feel at this moment.  It feels wonderful to share our story.  Through infertility, God has pruned my heart.  I've had moments of weakness: anger, sadness, and confusion.  But through it all, I've learned to be happy for others who have what I desired.  We've opened our hearts to the idea of adoption in our family.  I've learned to be patient and listen to what God wants for our lives.  And I am so thankful that this is what God desires for us at this moment with this very loved child of God. 

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Locks of Love

I love to grow my hair long, chop it off, donate to Locks of Love, and rinse and repeat. I'm sure most people or familiar with Lock of Love, a non-profit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with a medical condition that has caused hair loss.  I recently did this again and donated my hair to this worthy organization for my third time.  My hair grows relatively fast, and I never get nervous about dramatic haircuts.  This probably wasn't my longest donation.  It has to be at least 10 inches to donate, and this cut was exactly 10 inches.

Please ignore my bed head, unstyled look for the "before" picture my mom took for me on the way out the door.  


Tara worked her magic as always, and here is what it looks like now.  I love how easy it is to dry now and style.


While I don't get attached to my long hair, I can't imagine how difficult it is to lose your hair completely especially as a child.  It is so simple to donate, and you can donate even if your hair is highlighted (as long as it's not overbleached).  And even layered hair is accepted if the longest layer is 10 inches.  Check out their website for more information on how to donate.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Little Late

Good thing I don't get graded for my blogging.  I would have to plead with the teacher that the dog ate my blog posts and probably get held back a grade.  I know it's been so long since I've posted anything.  I have pictures piling up on my camera with no blogging to go along with them.  The longer I put off posting anything, the harder it was to get back.  But I am back!

I have pictures I'm rediscovering from two months ago.  We met up with some of our lifelong friends and spouses at a cabin in Gatlinburg.  It was a good meeting place for us as we traveled from Kentucky, Nashville, and Alabama.  It was a really fun weekend, and two of the four couples went to the Tennessee game.  Oh to be back two months ago when we had a coach and a team that was hopeful of the good things to come this season.


Jenny and Jakob, our other half, joined us at the game. 


It was pouring down rain when we were walking to the stadium.  So Jenny and I ran to the bookstore to buy our way overpriced $10 ponchos.  Here's hoping that the money the university makes off those ponchos will buy us a new coach!
 


Fortunately we scored seats under the overhang of the second level, and it stopped raining about the time off kick off.

  
Jenny and I had fun taking pictures of our men during the game.


After the game, we headed back to meet up with Jennifer, Erica, David, and Ryan to eat dinner.  Afterwards, we spent a late night talking on the porch of the cabin and soaking in the hot tub.  The only issue was the  cabins in this resort were a little too close for comfort, and our vacationing neighbor was not too pleased with our late night chats.  I think we got about 8 hours of sleep the entire weekend, but we had to make the most of our little time together.

David and Weston




Thank you for such an awesome time friends!  Next time lets get a cabin without neighbors!!