Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Also, here is the link to our pictures of our new house. More pics to come as we decorate and paint..... nothing has been painted or decorated as of yet but im in the process of finishing the dinning room..... then on to the kitchen and then the living room!
How your baby's growing:Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
On to a brighter note:
Kenley has been kicking me like crazy. I feel her a lot and Eric can feel her all the time too! Yesterday she kicked me so hard that she moved my arm that was laying over my belly. I had a visit with the baby doctor last Thursday as well.... I have officially gotten back to my pre-pregnancy weight. :) The doctor is not really happy at the fact that I have not really gained anything but what can I do when I cant get rid of the pregnancy sickness, but she is not real concerned since Kenley is growing on schedule. So all is well with the baby... even though mommy is under the weather.
Monday, August 3, 2009
These are a few pictures form our wonderful cabin on the top of the mountain.
Our life is crazy right now.... but we are loving it! This summer is coming to and end and we just finished an amazing trip! The Senior High group goes to the mountains every year during the summer. We went hiking, tubing, and white water rafting (I slept on the bus during the rafting trip), then on our way home we went to six flags.
I made it through a 5 mile hike in the mountains..... WOW! It was crazy but I made it up and over all the hills (hills are an understatement) down to the water fall and back. Did I mention it was a hike? That mean in the middle of the woods with no bathrooms...... pregnant lady needs her bathroom often and this hike was so hard it took about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. I was a little sore the next day but it was so worth the feeling of accomplishment!
The next day we went tubing...... or should I say we went white water rafting on our own personal tube! It had rained the night before and the water was up at least a foot and a half and the trip down river should have taken at least and hour and a half but we made it in 45 minutes! So yes, the water was MOVING! It was like going down a class one white water rapid and a little $2.00 inter tube from wally-world..... the first time down (yes we were crazy enough to do it more than once....) we had a few bumps and scratches but we wanted to go again...... like once down a rushing river with 55 degree water wasn't enough. The second go around wasn't as smooth. One teens tube popped adn he went down one of the rapids holding his tube, one teen ended up with stitches, and everyone (except Eric) ended up with a bruise or several scratches. I was one of the lucky ones that never actually feel out of my tube but I was pushed into some huge boulders and was forced to get out of my tube and crawl across the rocks through parts of the river that were really fast with my tube in hand..... I stepped down between two rocks and that how my leg got all scratched up..... but we finally made it down river and past all the rapids. It was really fun... even the teen that has 11 stitches had fun.
I wasn't able to go white water rafting with the group so I napped all afternoon on the bus.... the group had a blast! The pictures are so funny.....
Six flags isn't any fun when you can't really ride the rides.... but my hubby walked around with me so it was a good day. We didn't stay all day because we had had a long week and we had a long drive home a head of us!
We had a lazy day on Saturday and today we are preparing to leave again. We will be leaving tomorrow for Lake Martin. I have looked forward to this trip since we drove away last year. It's the Youth Minister's Family Retreat and its sucha great way to end a crazy summer. We get to hang out with other families like us (youth ministers and their wives). We have a whole week to talk to others about the year we have had and struggles we have faced. We are able to bounce ideas off each other and learn from each other. It's nice to know that when we all come together we understand each other..... :) I can't wait! Then when we get back on Friday we leave for a weekend youth rally! BUSY BUSY BUSY! Im so glad that my husband has been able to provide a way for me to be a stay at home wife and soon a stay at home mother. It was really hard when I had to work all the time and do all these things with the teens it never left time for us... and these past few months we have been able to spend so much time together!
HOUSE UPDATE!!!!! GOVERNMENT= SLOW!!!!!!
It should only take a week or so to close on a house....... unless you involve the government! We are crossing our fingers for next week but nothing is for sure. I know your thinking a month to close on a house..... its a special program that we qualified for because our house is in a specific location (outside the city limits pretty much) and its gonna save us lots of money (that's how we were able to get bigger house, 2,000 sq ft, with a huge back yard).... so it's worth it but I'm not fond of being homeless.....
ITS A GIRL!
We know of a name but have not picked out a middle name for sure yet so we're not telling anyone yet.... sorry. My mom bought her first outfits the week before last and I cant wait to decorate a nursery! Over the last few days I have started to feel her "flutters" in my tummy. I wish Eric could feel them to. He puts his hand on my tummy and tries so hard to feel them. :) He is really excited over a little girl! It took a little while to sink in but last week we were talking (I dont even think it was about the baby) and he stopped and looked at me and said, " I dont think I have told you but Im excited about our little girl."
Baby Center update:
Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Last week we went on a canoe trip with the middle school age and we had fun! This is a trip they take every summer and they enjoyed the day event! By the end of the day I was tired but it was worth it.
This week we have an appointment on Thursday to try and find out the sex of the baby! YAY!:)
My afternoon sickness is almost gone and my morning sickness has eased up a little.... last week I had one morning that I didn't actually get sick I just felt bad.... so that's improvement! And I'm not getting sick in the car unless its a really long trip. So it hasn't gone away but I'm still not crossing it out! All I can do is hope :)
Eric bought me my first maternity item.... its a pretty blue dress..... maybe Ill get a belly shot in it soon ( I know some of you have asked for the belly shot). He also bought me a few shirts (not from the maternity store) but that will be great for when the belly gets bigger and I can wear them and the dress even after the baby is born! My mom called today and told me she had bought me a few items as well!
HERE IS THE 17 WEEK UPDATE:
How your baby's growing:Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop
Monday, July 6, 2009
I'm hanging in their but still hoping for this "all day" sickness to go away. It has gotten a little better. I can go more than 2 -3 hours without getting sick.... and trust me that's improvement. I still feel queezy through out the day (but that I can handle). We go for an ultrasound July 23 to find out the sex of the baby.... WE CAN'T WAIT!
We should be in our new home in a few weeks... and for that we are so thankful. This new house has everything on my want and dream list (except for a garage but I'm not complaining). We wont be in a subdivision piled on top of each other.... we will have a yard bigger than our yard in Prattville and our house is a little over 2,000 sq ft. So we can grow into it over the years! AND NO CARPET! My allergies are already thanking me. We will also have a big concrete patio outside.... I am so excited. The only thing we have to do when we move in is put up the new privacy fence and paint..... (yes paint, the house was built in 1993 and that wallpaper in the kitchen is out of style lol). Wish us luck (and speed) with the loan office! The faster they work the sooner we get into our own house!
Here is the baby update this week....
How your baby's growing:Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
We love the kids and parents in Prattville and had not dreamed of leaving them. But sometimes God has other plans. We always knew that we wanted me to be a stay at home wife and mother and God answered this prayer (in a completely different way than we thought but he answered it). We had a few other long term goals and they too have been answered with the move. We struggled so hard with this decision but when you pray for things and God gives them to you (even though it may not be exactly what you had in mind at the moment) you have to follow his lead. After all he does know best. So after much prayer and discussion we made the decision to move. This decision came with many tears and sadness but also the joy of working with more teens. This is truly our calling and the Lord will lead us where he sees fit.
I am looking forward to hearing who the new youth minister in Prattville is. All of the top three would do a great job!
On Monday we loaded up the rest of our stuff (with the help of some amazing people) and headed to Mobile. (Most of you know I grew up in Gulf Shores so I'm close to home.) We were greeted by some of the church members at the rental and they helped us move our stuff. Our rental is about 30 minutes away from the church and is only temporary. We should be closing on our house in Prattville in the next few weeks and soon after closing on the house here in Mobile.
The rental is way out in the country. One of the members at an area church owns some land with horses and stables. He put two cottages on the property for his kids. Right now they are vacant and he is so kindly letting us use one of them for a low cost, with no lease, not deposits and we can bring our dogs! It was a life saver because we though we would lose all sorts of money on pet deposits and have to stay in a little apartment for a year (bc of the lease). So this was a blessing! The rental in about a mile off the main road and we see rabbits and deer (no snakes yet) and of course the horses are about 30 feet from our front porch. The only down side is the flies. Between the people who moved out last week and us moving in this week its bad.... but we are getting them under control :)
Last week I was nine weeks pregnant, sick and the nurse at bible camp! Talk about dedication! I would not have missed the last big trip with the PYG for anything in the world! So I sucked it up and did the best I could. I felt yuck all day and only had one really bad morning were I laid around. So all in all I would say it was successful! We had a great time and memories were made!
We got home from camp on Friday and we spent all Saturday afternoon with the kids and we were at church all day on Sunday (we had 2 fellowships) and then Monday we loaded up the rest of our stuff..... so yesterday I laid around all day till my wonderful hubby took me to dinner. This morning I was really sick but I needed to be at the church for a teen work day.... so once again I sucked it up. Im ready for a nap...
~10 week update~
Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is a growth update from a website I found on Jenny's blog.
Your pregnancy: 8 weeks
How your baby's growing:New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
As many of you know we were asked to work with a congregation in Mobile..... after weeks of talking and many prayers we decided that God was sending us in this direction. Too many things had worked out for it not to be Gods plan. It was hard to decide to leave Prattville..... those girls mean the world to me and helped me in my life more than they will ever know. Their are some that I will have life long friendships with and look forward to the future with them in it. Their are wonderful parents who care so much for their children and also care for us. But in the end we knew we should move to Mobile. Creekwood (the church we will be at) is another amazing congregation with wonderful people. Although its hard to leave here we look forward to our work there. We pray that Prattville finds a youth minister (and a youth ministers wife) that wants to work with these kids as much as we do..... who will love them as much as we do..... and care for their lives as much as we do.
Also, we got an offer on our house yesterday (yes the same day we officially found out we were pregnant)..... talk about a GREAT day! We did not accept their offer and we countered back with a good compromise for us all. We are waiting to hear something today.
************Oh and I forgot about graduation...... I graduated from EMT school this past Friday! It was a long hard class and I studied a lot.... I was happy to have the highest grade in class! AND my little brother graduates high school next Monday! Then in August he leaves for boot camp for the ARMY! He has made me very proud!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
That unprotected sex doesn't necessarily lead to pregnancy.
That you would see your OBGYN/RE more often than your DH (Darling Husband) at O (Ovulation) time.
That the longer you TTC (try to conceive), the more PG women spring up around you.
That deep down inside, I can be a very jealous person.
That I should have gone to medical school like my mom wanted, because I've had to do so much medical research by now just to figure out what was wrong with me, I might as well be an M.D.
That I would know more about the female reproductive system and menstrual cycle than most of the doctors I go to.
That living your life in 2 week increments would be the norm.
That you never knew how much you wanted to see those 2 pink lines......until only one shows up every month.
That simply relaxing will NOT get you pregnant. (your dh has to do some work too)
That you have no control over some of the goals you set...
That wishing really hard for something doesn't make it happen, and staring at your chart doesn't make it change!
That one day my DH would know so much about how my uterus functions and what it looks like from the inside (thanks HSGs).
That a pregnancy doesn't always equal a baby.
That miscarriage is so common.
That I would wish we had started TTC earlier.
That my friends' pregnancies would start to make me sad instead of happy.
That I wasted ALOT of money on Birth control pills!!
That I'd EVER be willing to stab myself in the stomach every day in the hopes that it will help get me PG.
That it wouldn't happen the first time you didn't use birth control like we were led to believe in school.
That you wouldn't know how important a baby was to you until it took so long and you realized what you were willing to go through to make it happen.
That my DH is the most wonderful and caring man!
That it is insensitive to ask people when they are having a baby!
That women who do get pregnant are so very blessed!
That other people's "good news" of pregnancy makes me sad and when they tell me they have good news, I hope that they just saved a bunch of money on car insurance by switching to Geico.
That medicine and procedures are not a sure fire way to get pregnant but it is a sure fire way to lose money fast.
That had I bought stock in Clearblue Easy I'd have my mansion on St. Pete's Beach in FL by now.
That docs should prescribe Zoloft with Clomid.That having flo show up makes you cry, no matter who's bathroom you are in.
That it does not get easier, each cycle is harder than the last.Feeling like you wish your life away in 2 week increments.
That I wouldn't want to hold or see someone's baby because it just hurts way too much.
That I would splash urine on my face while taking apart an hpt (home pregnancy test) in the hopes there really was a 2nd pink line hiding in it.
That infertility is more common than you think.
That one day all of this will make us stronger.
That there is sometimes darkness (infertility) before the light (a baby).
That infertility is not as rare as I was led to believe.
That I would find it extremely difficult to be happy for other people's pregnancies and I would burst into tears upon hearing their news.
That it could hurt so much to lose your innocence.
That I am very bitter towards unmarried accidental pgcys, and slightly bitter towards married accidental pgcys.
That I'd be glad to know that I have PCOS - because at least I know what's wrong.
That I could spend so much time and money on figuring out what my body is doing (or not doing).
That I would have to rely on doctors to give me the final say-so on what I can or can't do (on a med/procedure break forced by my RE against my wishes)
That some people just say the wrong things.
That miscarriage would make me want a baby even more than before!
That I would resent someone who has been trying less time than me telling me "I know how you feel...
"That I would become addicted to POAS (pee on a stick) and not sleep at night because I couldn't wait to POAS in the morning!
That I would be so sad, and ashamed.
That when AF showed up you would feel broken and disfunctional.
That your friendships with your real life girlfriends would suffer because they got pregnant after being off the pill for 3 weeks.
That this would be, by far, one of the hardest things you will ever have to go through.
That the two little words of "just relax" uttered by everyone I know would infuriate me beyond belief.
That someone would suggest adoption to me in order to get pregnant (because it happened to a friend of theirs) before I had even had any testing done.
That my friends who started TTC #1 around the same time we did would already be pregnant with #2 before we get pregnant with #1.
That the people around me would become more insensitive as time goes on. "It is so hard having a new baby, you just wouldn't understand." or "Be happy you're not tied down."
That I would watch a Baby Story every day... only to cry every day.
That I would have to listen to people complain about their children as if they were burdens while a child is the one thing in the world I want the most. Also, they sound as if they are trying to talk me out of having kids, like it is the absolute worst thing that could ever happen to me.
That I would yell at commercials on the TV (that "having a baby changes everything" one really gets to me. I can't watch it without snapping "So does not having one.")That your body has its own mind.
That the broken heart you feel each month that is equal to the pain you feel when you lose a loved one.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I just mentioned going on a date night and going to the movies thinking Eric may say no since it wasnt in our budget but since we have been doing so well he decided a break would be nice. SO IM GOING ON A DATE NIGHT! AND IM SO EXCITED. Its a much needed treat and im so glad to be spending time with my hubby..... (Jenny I think the last time I have went to the movies was when we went to see Twilight......)
You guys have a Great night while I finish out the last official day of Spring break with my hubby!
Oh and can I say yard work is no fun..... after a winter of not much yard work Eric and I are going to be in the yard tomorrow. However, I cant wait to have the pool swim worthy!!!!! But we are going to have a picnic out by the pool tomorrow for lunch.... how fun?!?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Oh and Eric started a blog for the youth group.... he will be posting the schedule, updates and pictures. You should check it out!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This last picture is of a screen with our theme for the weekend.
212 degrees- One degree makes all the difference. At 211 degrees water is really HOT.... but when it changes to 212 degrees it BOILS. The teens learned that going the extra mile can make all the difference in their walk with Christ and it can make the difference in other peoples lives as well. Pretty good theme huh?