Sunday, November 28, 2010

11 weeks..

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 11 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is 2 in. long, weighs about 1/3rd of an ounce
Total weight gain/loss: Not sure.. I'll find out this week when I go to the doctor. But, I'm sure I lost 2 lbs puking my guts up this week. =(
Maternity clothes: I am pretty much wearing my pants and unbuttoning them. The belly band is not really comfortable so I haven't been wearing it much. I have bought a few longer shirts this weekend.
Gender: We will find out at 18 weeks.. around Jan. 14th
Movement: Not yet
Sleep: Pretty Good..after getting sick this week, my sweet hubby bought me a Snoogle (body pillow) and it is awesome! Love it and I know I will be using it a lot during the next few months.
Cravings: Not anything in particular.. I still can't stand the smell of hamburger meat.
What I miss: Nothing at all!
Symptoms: Tiredness and some back pain
Best moment this week: My sis in law was here this week so she went with me to Buy Buy Baby to help me figure out all this mommy stuff. =) Thanks sis.. I love ya!!
I go back to the doctor at the end of this week for my 12 week appointment. =)

Proud to be an Auburn Tiger...

The kids went out on the front steps and yelled War Eagle after the game.. it was precious!!

The Iron Bowl 2010 was a game that will forever go down in history and like we all knew would come down to the last few minutes of the game. It definitely did not disappoint!! Alabama had their game on the first half and pretty much stepped all over us leading 24-0 in first quarter. Ouch! At halfttime it was 24-7 and I had was still not feeling great and had fallen asleep on the couch. When I woke up, it was 21-24 and I couldn't believe our tigers were back in it. Our house was going crazy and after that, I was glued to the tv. I'm sure you all were watching you know the final score was 28-27 Auburn!! These three sure did a lot of yelling and jumping up and down yelling...
Touchdown Auburn!!
Touchdown Auburn!!
Even Carter knew what to do.. Touchdown Auburn!!
It was an unbelieveable comeback for our tigers and they pulled through yet again.. when most thought they couldn't do it!! That game just proves how tough our tigers were gonna fight to win it. They ended the season with an undefeated record of 12-0 and will head to Atlanta this weekend to play S.Carolina in the SEC championship game. What a great game and a great season. I know they can do it and I hope they pull out a win for our state and make it to Arizona for the National Championship game. I am pulling for them all the way and I know a lot of you out there are as well. Can I get a big..WARRRRR EAAAAAGGGGLLLEEEE, HEY!!
Wish I would of been at Toomers... so fun!!

Happy Turkey Day!

From these two turkeys...

Carter, 21 months

Hannah Rose, 4 years
Chase was the odd one out this year.. no turkey shirt and he would not cooperate for the pictures.
My brother, sis n law and the kiddos have been here all week and we have had a lot of fun..until the sickness took over our household. =( I came down with the stomach bug Thanksgiving afternoon and it was not fun at all. I was sick all night and most of Friday. No black Friday deals for me.. I was in my pj's all day. I started feeling better that afternoon but oh my goodness it was pretty miserable for those 24 hours. Thank goodness I am better now. My poor momma who took such good care of me is sick now and Chad is too. He ended up going to the doc in a box on Saturday and got a Zpack. He has broncitis so hopefully the rest of the crew can avoid the sickness. It was definitly a Thanksgiving we won't forget. So glad they were able to make the trip down. It makes for a special time when we are all together. We took a few pictures that morning but didn't get much after that. We sure do have a lot to be thankful for and this year I was very emotional. I cried several times just thinking about all we have been through and how thankful we are to be where we are now. Thank God for His unending love, His awesome timing, and His faithfulness. Thanksgiving definitely had a new meaning this year. Hope you and your family had a great one too!

Love these two turkeys so much!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lots of celebrating..

We had a great weekend celebrating 2 awesome peeps and their birthdays. On Friday night, it was my BFF Leah's birthday and we had a great time at dinner at Fox Valley. Haven't seen my sweet friend in several months and it was so good to see her and celebrate the big 33!! We had a yummy dinner, delicious cake from Olexa's and fun times catching up. I have to admit I think the camera class that I took was information overload. I am still trying to process it all and I'm embarrased to say my camera was taking awful pictures and I didn't realize why until the night was over. Of course.. it was on the wrong focus. UGH!! So, my pictures are blurry but you get the point. I love you Leah and thanks for letting us celebrate with you all. Baby H says thank you for the gift. We can't wait to use it!

Saturday night was my sis n law's surprise 40th party. Her birthday was the 8th but last night we did a big party for her at Superior Grill. She doesn't look a day over 30 and I told her all night she was forty and fabulous. We had a great time celebrating with family and friends and she was
very surprised!
Jodi when she first walked out..
The yummy cake!
The 2 bro's and 1 sister and 2 sis n laws.
The birthday girl and Chris
Four handsome husbands..

She's gonna need this soon..
My sweet sis n law, Melissa

The sweet hubby

My sweet friend, Diane we put up our christmas tree. Yeah!! I just couldn't wait any longer and the kiddos are here and will be here for the week. I am soo super excited to spend the week together. It's gonna be a great thanksgiving and we have so much to be thankful for!! Hope you all have a fantastic week.

10 weeks..

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along: 10 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is 1 1/2 in. long, size of a prune
Total weight gain/loss: Not sure.. since I don't have a scale I guess I'll find out in 2 weeks when I go back to the doctor.
Maternity clothes: I've bought a few maternity cami's to wear under my shirts to make them longer. I'm pretty much having to unbutton all my pants. I only have one pair of regular jeans I can wear. =( Thank goodness for sweet friends letting me borrow some of their jeans. They are comfortable.
Gender: We will find out at 18 weeks.. around Jan. 14th
Movement: Not yet
Sleep: Good..I'm not as tired as I used to be so that's a good thing.
Cravings: Not anything in particular.. I can't stand the smell of hamburger meat.
What I miss: Nothing
Symptoms: I don't have a lot of symptoms. Still no sickness so maybe I'm one of the lucky ones.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 2010

9 weeks..

Today I am 9 nine weeks! Woo hoo! I had my first OB appt. and all went great! I actually got to HEAR the heartbeat this time. It was so amazing. They said it was a strong heartbeat for only being 9 weeks. So, that was good news. I go back in 3 more weeks. Unfortunately, they didn't do an ultrasound today.. I was a little bummed by that. Come to find out, they are only going to do 2 throughout the whole pregnancy. Big bummer! But, oh well. Our next one will be in Jan when I am 18 weeks and we will find out the sex! Can't wait! For the most part, I am feeling good.. just tired still all the time!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along: 9 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is 1 in. in length, size of a medium green olive
Total weight gain/loss: I actually lost 2 lbs.. don't know how
Maternity clothes: Not yet although it won't be long. I have already had to unbutton several pair of pants. I am liking the maternity bras.
Gender: We don't know yet
Movement: Not yet
Sleep: Good.. and I sleep ALL the time. I come most every day and take a nap after school and then I'm back to bed early.
Cravings: Not anything in particular.. I am just hungry all the time!
What I miss: Not one thing!!!
Symptoms: No sickness.. thank goodness. I don't feel great in the mornings but I have my saltines handy and I feel okay after I eat something. My back hurts some, tiredness, breast tenderness.
Best moment this week: Hearing our sweet baby's heart beating!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Our little peanut...

is already loved so much! I have gotten the sweetest cards, texts and emails from friends telling us congrats, and I have saved every one of them. I can't wait to show them to our little miracle one day. Today was another special day. Since we were out for Veteran's Day, I got to meet a sweet friend and former co-worker for lunch. I didn't take my camera, =( but it was so fun to hang out and catch up with my sweet friend, Elizabeth. I don't get to see her very often so when we do its just like old times. I just love that girl! We had a yummy lunch at Zoe's and she brought us this precious little lamb. Little lamby is soo soft and sweet. I just love him and it's our first little stuffed animal. I can't wait to put it in the crib. Thank you so much Elizabeth. You are too sweet. I love you girl!

I just realized I never posted our first ultrasound picture. It's a little blurry and hard to see but this is proof that a little life is growing inside me. The words in the middle say baby if you are wondering. =)
Do you think it looks like two on there? I think it does but she said it was only one. Hmm..I've heard it could show up later too.. so who knows! What do you think? I'm trusting they know what they are talking about. =)
Last weekend was Christmas village and I went with my BFF and her mom. I bought little one 2 little gowns and thought I would show them. They are so cute and soft. I hate to say it but these are the first things I have bought our little one. And yes, I fell in love with the little girl gown.. it was soo sweet and I just had to have it. The sweet girl at the shop said I could swap it for a boy one if I needed to. =)
Isn't it sweet?
And the precious hat too!
Love this one too!
We'll see if the chinese calendar is right.. if it says we're having a girl and I've done about 5 different ones. I would love to know from all you moms out there if you did the calendar and if it was right? I know there is only a 50/50 chance so who really knows. I guess we'll find out soon enough..and yes, we are finding out!!
Back to the doctor tomorrow. It's my first appointment with my regular ob. I'm excited to see what she says and if she does another ultrasound. I'll keep you all posted. Thank you again for all the sweet words and prayers. We feel completely blessed! Love you all!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Telling the Family..

We kept it a secret that whole week and decided to tell my parents on Saturday. The plan was to tell mom and dad at the same time but dad messed up our plan just a bit. He had been at the lake that whole week and was planning to come back on Saturday but didn't. So, we decided to go ahead and tell mom and we would have to wait to tell dad. We couldn't keep it a secret anymore! We went to mom's that Saturday morning to tell her and to give her their very late anniversary present. I had these cards made and that's how we were going to tell everyone.

So, we gave her the gift first and then we gave her the card last. It took her a minute to get it too and then she began to cry. We were so excited to finally share the good news. I know mom is super excited to have a grandbaby that will be close and I know she will spoil him/her rotten.
Me and my momma

We told Jamie's family on Sunday. We all went to lunch at Cosmo's and couldn't wait to tell them. When you go through such a struggle to have a child, you just can't wait to tell people. You want to tell everyone but you are scared. We just have to trust in the Lord that He will take good care of us through this whole process. To say they were excited was a slight understatement.
My sweet MIL
We were thrilled that the news was out and we still had to tell our dads. We left after lunch and headed down to the lake to tell my dad. We couldn't wait any longer and we wanted to see what the lake house looked like too. We gave dad the card and he was very excited too. It was a very special day and we were so thrilled to share the news with the grandparents. June 18th can't get here fast enough!'s positive!!

October 12th is the day I found out I was pregnant. I had not been feeling right for the past few days..but I was trying not to read too much into it. I woke up that morning, checked under the bathroom cabinet and there was one pregnancy test in there. So, I decided what the heck.. just do it. It would help me feel better. I had said I was never going to take another one of those tests but I decided it would ease my mind. I hate wondering! So, I took it and no sooner had I peed on it than it had 2 bright pink lines in there. I couldn't believe it!

I didn't no what to do. I was soo excited but at first I didn't really believe it. I screamed, started praying and went to call Jamie (he was already at work). But, he didn't answer, so I decided I wasn't going to tell him over the phone. We had waited too long for this and I didn't want to just say it over the phone. So, I got dressed and went to school and tried to be calm, but inside I was going crazy. Was I really pregnant? Had our prayers finally been answered? I just needed reassurance from the doctor. After all we had been through, I couldn't just rely on this one test. When I got to school, my friend Melanie came in and asked me if everything was okay and I just had to tell her. I couldn't even concentrate.. it was a surreal moment. I brought the stick to school and I pulled it out of my purse to show her. When she saw it, she was so excited. She said I was pregnant, I just had to be. It was definitly a positive! That was the first time I had got a little emotional. As tears rolled down my face, I remember thinking I still need to call the doctor. I wasn't going to believe it until they said it was real. So, I called their office at 8 and told them the story. They wanted me to come in and get some bloodwork done. I went to my principal and told her I was a having some issues and needed to run to the doctor and get some bloodwork done. She knew we were doing infertility and was so supportive of me leaving early or coming in late, so she told me to go. Thirty minutes later I was at the doctor giving blood and then thirty minutes more I was back at school. I didn't have time to wait on the results, I had 21 kindergarteners depending on me back at school, so I had to go. She said to call in 30 minutes and they would tell me the results. I remember pulling into the school parking lot and calling them for the results. It felt like the longest minutes of my life. Then, she came back over the phone and said, "Congratulations! You are pregnant." I just couldn't believe it! I had waited so long to hear those words and I just couldn't believe I was hearing them now. At that moment, it became a little more real and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing. I prayed in my car and thanked God for this little miracle of life inside me and tried to get it together to go back to school. When I walked in the door, I know I looked like a train had run over me. I had been crying so hard and I immediately walked into Melanie's room and told her it was for real! We were really going to have a baby! It was such a surreal day and one that I will NEVER forget!

I thought about how I was going to tell Jamie all day at school. I decided I was going to get pink and blue balloons blown up and put them all over the kitchen. I went to the bookstore and found a book called, So You're Going to Be a Dad and I thought that was perfect. I had ordered a shirt off the internet several months before and was keeping it for just the right time. =) It sure did come in handy. So that night when he came home from work, I was in the kitchen with the balloons all around. I had my Baby on the Way shirt on, the book, the positive pregnancy test, and a little sign that I had made on the end of the counter. I also had my camera.. I wanted to get a picture of his first reaction when he saw it all.
When he came around the corner, I said, "Surprise" I think he was very surprised to say the least. It took him a minute to get it and when he did we were just so excited and thankful.
God had heard our prayers and our 9 month journey with infertility had finally come to an end. It was a moment I thought would never come and we were beyond grateful! Thank you Lord for answering our prayers. We are so excited to begin this journey and can't wait to be a family of three!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A very special day...

Today was a very special birthday for my sweet husband. One that he says was the best one yet! We got to see our little miracle baby on the ultrasound and I must say it was a day we will both never forget!! Yes, you heard that right.. I am finally PREGNANT!!! I have been waiting to share our wonderful news until after our ultrasound today. I just needed peace of mind. I know it is still early and anything can happen. But, we know it is in the Lord's hands. And, I just can't keep it a secret anymore.. it is killing me! I want to shout it from the rooftops. Most of you know that we have been doing infertilty now for the past 9 months and finally the journey is over and our little miracle is on the way!! I can't tell you how excited we are and overwhelmed by God's love. We know it was definitly a God thing and we are very thrilled to announce our news to the world. After seeing our little miracle on the screen today it became a little more real and seeing the heartbeat was amazing. All looked good and they confirmed there is only one in there! =)It's hard to believe a little life is growing inside of me. I am 7 1/2 weeks today and the baby is due June 18, 2011. Couldn't have been better timing.. and God knew it all along! We give him all the credit and I can't wait to see what's in store for us in the next 7 months. Thank you for all your prayers and words of encouragement! I will be back with more details! =)
"For I know the plans I have for you." Jeremiah 29:11

The day I found out.. Oct. 12

The proud daddy!
Happy 37th to the best husband I could ask for and daddy to be! I know we will both never forget this special day! We had a great day off together and had a great time celebrating! Seeing our little one and hearing the heartbeat was the best gift ever!! We also enjoyed lunch at Newk's, cake bites for dessert, shopping, and dinner at Fox Valley. We love you daddy!
Celebrating with the kiddos this past weekend..
yummy cake bites!

Happy Halloween

We took a trip to Ohio for Halloween to trick or treat with our precious babies. It had been WAY TOO LONG since I had seen them and I hope that doesn't happen again. (wow.. 3 months) It was a short trip for Jamie, mom and I but so worth it. We drove half way Friday night spend the night and got there early on Sat and left Monday. We had fun trick or treating Saturday night and then Sunday we celebrated Jamie and Chad's birthdays with dinner at Cheesecake Factory! We had a great time.. wished it could have been longer but looking forward to a week with them at Thanksgiving. We love you guys!!
Mimi and the kiddos..

The cutest pooh ever!

Me and carter man.. 20 months

My precious niece, Hannah.. she was a princess ballerina

And the fun begins.. carter man loved it!!
Daddy and Hannah Rose

THe best part!

Chase had to sort his candy.. too funny!

This is not a good picture.. but they wanted to show off their new AU shirts and cheerleading outfit. Love these kiddos so much!!