Sunday, May 28, 2006

Half way there!!

Chris is having a bonding moment with Baily. I have no idea what they are discusing but Baily is sure listening well. Aren't they so cute.

Here I am with my friends who get to see their baby's sooner than I do. Sarah is due in 4 1/2 months. Michelle (middle) is due in 4 weeks. Kim is due in only one week. We were all hanging out with our friends at Michelle's pamper party painting our toes and fingers, soaking our feet and doing other fun stuff. It is so awesome to have Christian friends to spend time with.

Chris took me out to breakfast at the Omlet Express before our day started. We had a nice time together and even got to see Charlie Brown holding something very dear to my heart-icecream!

Ok, I love icecream!!! I mean I really love the stuff. It has always been a favorite of mine but now that I am pregnant I eat it just about every day. Today Chris was helping his parents move a new couch into their house and was gone for a while. I got my token icecream cone (mint chocolate chip) and thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Later that night after dinner Chris surprised me by taking me out to Cold Slab Creamery for more icecream. I wisely waited until I had my icecream cone in hand before telling him that it was my second that day. He confirmed my wisdom by stating that had he known I had already had one he would not have taken me out. Boy do I know my hubby. He is really good to me though.

So do I look pregnant yet? This is me favorite prego top.

Well Megan, here I am with my little bump. I am finally half way there and I can't wait to see the little one. It seems like every day I get a little rounder. Fortunately it doesn't bother me yet. I keep listening for the heart beat with the fetal doplar and still can't hear it. I was able to here the blood flowing to the placenta and that was so cool. Still waiting to feel the baby kick though.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Working on the Baby's Room

We are starting to work on the Baby's room. I am soooooo excited. Here my mom is drawing a scene from Winnie the Pooh on the wall so she can paint it.

My mom painted this on the shelf in the table unit. I love the "Oh Bother!" written next to Pooh Bear.

My mom found this little table at an antique shop. She made sure it was safe for a baby and very sturdy. She did every thing except sit on it! It was a yucky gold color and Chris wasn't too impressed with it. After many coats of paint it looks great. Just what I need to put the lamp and books on while nursing.

Doesn't everything look great. I worked on the curtains all day while my mom was shopping. The lamp we got on EBay. Megan told us about it and it really fits with the room.

Here is the finished product of Pooh Bear trying to be a little black rain cloud. My mom did such a great job.

I was thrilled to see things coming together for the baby's room. I still need to get a rocking chair and also to get the adorable dresser my mom made up in the room. It is all so exciting.

Today I got the crib Megan gave me (one of the family's she babysat for gave it to her) out of the garage and set it up ALL BY MYSELF!!!! It took forever because I had to figure out which screws fit where and how all the pieces fit together. I got frustrated and took a break to go shopping. I ended up finding a crib mattress and brought it home. I really don't know how it got in the car. Really! After putting away the grocery's I was drawn to the crib problem again. After another 30-40 min. I had it put together and ready to go. Chris was really impress (I think that he was also relieved that he didn't have to do it).

The baby's first teddy bear is a set up in the new crib.

I had so much fun getting out the baby blankets I have made for our baby, the ones Great Grandma Della gave me and all the cute baby things Aunt Judy gave me. They fit perfectly in the drawer under the crib.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Just some thoughts

I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about becoming a mother. I think about the quiet times I will be able to sit and snuggle with my infant. Smell it's hair and fresh baby smell. Feel it's soft skin and hold it's little hand in mine. I want to make a safe, loving place for our child. A place where I never get irritated or yell. A place where my little one is obedient and loving. I have so many dreams and hopes for our family. I do realize that my little world is not going to be like this, at least all the time. So many times thoughtout the day I stop and pray that God will be with Chris and I as we parent. I pray that I will be the mother that God wants me to be. I pray each day that God will help us to show our baby who He is and that the child will love God and serve Him. Well, Chris just put a new Extreme Home Makeover on and I'm signing off now.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Lazy Saturday

This is my handsome husband Chris and me, three and 1/2 months pregnant. We had fun seeing all our family and playing games with them.

Grandma Martha relaxing in her garden after lunch.

Grandma Della and my mom holding Sammy. Resting in the shade.

Uncle Dan and Aunt Judy. Aunt Judy bought me some really adorable baby stuff. I now have my first clothes for the baby, some cute washclothes, burp clothes, hangers and other things. I was thrilled!!!

My dad is so funny. Chris and my dad were working on setting up a watering system for Grandma's garden. Here he is playing with the pipe. He always had fun doing stuff.

Johnny, Catie, Aunt Judy and Aunt Jennifer also played croquet. Catie kept complaining that she was in last place and then she won two out of the three games. Aunt Jennifer is also not as sweet as she looks. During our game she was poison and killed me first. I was not too pleased.

Uncle Dan and Michelle are playing croquet. How cute!

This is my Great Grandma Della. She is one of the most amazing women in my life. She is 95 years old and keeps on going. She is still making baby quilts( up to 345 now) and doing lots of little projects. Here she is working on crocheting a thing around a baby hanger for me.

Our family all went over to Grandma Martha's house for a garden party. Everyone brought food and came over. We only had about 50-60 hamburger buns for 13 people. Grandma likes to be very well prepared. We also had 2-3 pies, a huge chocolate cake and 4 gallons of icecream. Dessert for 40!!

The other day I woke up from my daily nap (exhaustion has no limits anymore) and went to grab a snack. I had a bit of left over orange jell-o salad (a family favorite) and just grabbed the bowl and sat down to enjoy it. Why dirty another bowl? Right? This way I can eat even faster. Chris thought this was just hilarious and grabbed the camera. Snack anyone?

Here is my adorable dog, Baily. She absolutely loves her walks. All I have to do is get my shoes on and she dances. We walk along the creek and Baily runs everywhere.

Friday, May 05, 2006

My feelings on the subject

So, I am gonna be a Dad. Most people that know me know that this is the one aspect of marriage that scares the snot out of me. To be fully responsible for a small life that is totally dependent on you for all of it's needs is an awesome responsibility. I still have yet to wrap my brain around this fact. As Sarah's belly grows so does my angst at the thought of raising this child. I have heard a number of people ask others "Why would you bring this child into this awful world?" While to the unsaved world this may be a legitimate question, those of us who have Christ as our savior know that we do this to honor Him and his Father. What better way to honor both than to produce a child that is in the image of God. It also allows us to reflect that Christ himself was once a baby that was born to complete an important task. We are all born to complete an important task. Our task is not as great as Christ's but it is important none the less.

As I remember back to helping Shawn Sheppard with the J?H ministry hear at the church I remember him telling the kids that for him fatherhood gives him such a better understanding of God's love for us. The love that Shawn has for his boys is not able to be measured. Same with the love God has for us. This I think helps us understand how hard it must have been to let Christ go. Knowing that he would die, suffer hell, pain, misery, and loneliness he still let him go. I don't know that I could have done the same if my child were the one chosen but thankfully God made the choice for us. I know I'm al little afraid. I also know that if I keep my focus God will allow me to do the best I can through Him. It makes it a little easier to deal with but the but the fact of the matter remains, this child is my responsibility and I will be held accountable for how this child is raised. Man, what a day!

Monday, May 01, 2006

A Bun In The Oven!

Chris, my husband, and I have been trying to get pregnant for a year. Finally I found out in March that I was. I could not have been more happy. Chris is also getting used to the idea of being a daddy.
The morning sickness was not so fun to deal with but now I am almost 3 1/2 months and that is gone. It's amazing the changes that take place when your body is making a baby. I couldn't eat chicken for 2 months. The thought of it was so gross. Fortunately I love it again! I don't really want chocolate or snack stuff either. Just fruit and healthy stuff. I guess my body just wants what is best for the baby. It's kind of cool.
I am also exhausted all the time. Chris is kind of sick of me being tired all the time, but there isn't much to control that. It's funny, I can work the night shift and then sleep for 10 hours. After being up for 3-4 hours I can go back to sleep for another 8-10 hours. After getting up in the morning I can lay on the couch and then take a nap 3 hours later. I can't wait for my energy to come back.

I am starting to show too. I went out the other day with Robin Boyd, a dear friend of mine. We had so much fun shopping. I found the cutest top-well actually three tops. And a pair of maternity shorts. It is so much fun finding cute things that will fit me.
I have gone to 2 ob apt's and it was amazing. The first time -I had and ultrasound and got to see the peanut and it's little tiny heartbeating. The second apt. I heard the heartbeat and it was so strong and sounded awesome. My next apt. is on May the 10th. Hopefully Chris can go with me.
Well that's enough for now. I'll try to keep this updated because if I don't Megan, my little sister, will be sure to get on my case. Love ya Meg!!