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For this child, I have prayed. (Samuel 1:27)

Archive for the month “April, 2009”

13weeks4days sonogram

Profile: eyes, nose, lips

Profile: eyes, nose, lips

Holding his face

Holding his face

Hi world! Baby waves hello!

Hi world! Baby waves hello!


Dear 2nd trimester, may I kiss you?

I am now in my 4th month of pregnancy. I’ve gained 1 pound! I now weigh in at 122. I still have a little catching up to do- my pre-pregnancy weight was 126. I’ve been able to eat more, and I’ve been VERY thirsty around the clock. I drink 2-3 Ensure Plus drinks a day to help me gain weight. I’m still experiencing tons of food aversions and I crave healthy foods (with the exception of Bubble Gum ice cream, which I’ve yet to find). I am an official banana eating fool. I eat at least 3 of my fabulous yellow friends a day. I drink salad vinegar straight from the bottle, preferably with lots of lush leafy greens on the side. Meat is pretty much the bane of my existence. We have a love-hate relationship of sorts, depending on how strong my gag reflex is at that particular moment of the day.

My baby bump was noticed!

Yesterday at church I received my 1st official “Wow a baby bump” notice! Some friends of ours who know that we are expecting saw the bump for the 1st time since we only see them once a week or so. I was actually trying to hide it at first but then I realized that it qualifies as the most pointless exercise ever. It’s only a matter of time before the whole world knows. I think it’s sweet that they want to celebrate this miraculous event with us. Grow baby grow!!!

A letter of advice to my precious Little One

Never be afraid to love, it’s how I met your father. It’s how you came to be.  I challenge you to see the beauty in the world, to work harder than the person next to you, to never be afraid to laugh even if it’s at yourself.  Being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t be silly, play in the rain, or take pleasure in the simple things in life- because you certainly can.  When you are faced with a challenge, do what you know in your heart is right, it’s rarely ever wrong.  Never loose touch with your roots, but never miss a chance to fly.  Try every new food at least once, you never know what you might just like. I challenge you to find at least one thing to appreciate in every person you meet, to be quick to apologize, and even quicker to forgive.  Set your goals up high and without limitations, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll accomplish that way.  It’s ok to cry, it’s good to let it out sometimes.  Be generous, humble, and keep a good spirit about you. Remember life is as much about the journey as the destination, so take time to appreciate each step of the way.  Never forget that no matter what, you are loved unconditionally by your father, myself, and God.  Love, Mommy.

Diary of a Pregnant Woman’s Morning

I spent my morning eating spaghetti-Os, contemplating a banana, and writing a serious letter to Baskin Robbins pleading my case as to why they desperately need to restock bubble gum ice cream in their stores.  Shortly before this, I called every Baskin Robbins within a 20-mile radius (all 6 of them) to find out just when they think they might do the world a favor and restock this dietary staple.  Do they not realize that there are some seriously hungry pregnant women around here?  I need it. I crave it. I’ll simply whither away without it. Restock the bubble gum ice cream people!!!

Baby Nathaniel or Aleigh-Anna at 11 weeks

Morning Sickness

Well it looks like I have the most severe morning sickness called Hyperemesis.  It’s where food and liquids make you have nausea and vomiting, similar to a stomach virus.  I am absolutely amazed how a tiny little baby (all 3 inches of him) can make me feel so sick! It’s like I am starving all the time but I know that I’ll take 2 bites and start heaving- not fun. As a side note, those who experience hyperemesis this early in pregnancy have a slightly higher chance of having a baby girl. C and I are both absolutely convinced that we are having a boy, so it will be a huge shock to us if we find out we’re expecting a girl instead. Meanwhile,  I’m counting down the days until my 1st trimester is up. 11 more days to go!

See link to see real images of baby!

Yeowww! Growing pains HURT!!!  I’m certainly not a big baby when it comes to pain but GEEZE!  It’s so exciting though- baby is growing!  Only 2 more weeks until I am in the best 3 months of pregnancy 🙂

See real-time video clips from inside the womb and 4D scans of baby at this age (10-11 weeks).  It’s amazing! He can kick, twist, punch, grab his head/nose/hands, yawn, and wave hello!!!


How we will find out what we’re having

We came up with a really cute idea for how we’re going to find out the sex of the baby! Originally C wanted to wait until birth to find out, and I wanted to know as soon as possible. Then C decided he’d rather know, but I had already warmed up to the idea of waiting. For practical reasons, we decided that it was better to find out now because it’s not feasible to travel south with a newborn in tow for a baby shower.
So what did we decide? We decided to have the nurse write down the sex, place it in a sealed envelope, and we will mail it to the grandparents without looking at the note. Then, at our baby shower, they will reveal to us if we are having a boy or a girl! (We think it’s a boy).

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