Sunday, December 19, 2010

Getting ready!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! We've been so busy trying to get everything ready for baby girl and for Christmas too!! At this point, I can proudly say all of my Christmas shopping is done and wrapped, our hospital bags are mostly packed, Lyla's room is done, we are moved upstairs, and our bathroom is half renovated!! Oh AND I am caught up on all of our laundry (if you know me, you know this is a HUGE accomplishment). We've been busy growing too! My belly is stretching like crazy and her movements have changed to happy little kicks to shifts and stretches. It's hard to believe she'll be here in about a month, but we cannot wait to meet her and see her little face!!!

Here are a few pics of her BEAUTIFUL room and some new belly shots ...

34 Weeks

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32 Weeks

Sunday, November 21, 2010

So blessed :)

Over the past 2 weekends, 2 showers were thrown for Baby Lyla (yep, we finally decided on her name)! They were both so nice, and we are so grateful for everything people have done to help us get ready to welcome this little girl into the world!! Here are a few pics & then a few updated belly shots :)



30 Weeks

29 Weeks

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

3rd Trimester!!

Just wanted to share a few pictures .. now that I have my hubby back from football (and thanks to Aunt Shirley's painting skills), we have started to make some progress on baby girl's room!! Here are a couple of pics of the pink walls, the crib my step sister gave to us, and the new dresser from my dad & Ann!! You can also see the bedding in the pictures. Lots of work to go yet, but it's getting exciting around here. I've already put things in the dresser (they're sure to move again), and can hardly believe we have less than 3 months to go!! I've been feeling pretty well, and love feeling my squirmy baby roll and kick and punch (unless it's on my bladder)! It still blows my mind when I think about her and how soon she will be here, looking like us, and just being ours!! This Saturday is my Canton shower & I can't wait to see everyone and play with all the fun new baby things :)

28 Weeks

27 Weeks

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

25 weeks & PINK paint!!

Well, I had some pics, so I figured I'd update you all!! Baby girl is definitely getting big, she is already kicking my ribs and I feel huge, but the nurse says I am measuring right on, so that's good news!! I've been having some stomach issues over the last week or so. I've been to the doctor, but not quite sure if it's a bug or just stuff shifting!

We just got back from buying some paint for her room and yes it is very PINK!! I am so excited to get a start on it :) I will post some pics when we get it more set up.

Well, that's about it, still feeling blessed and overwhelmed when I think about the tiny little person growing in my belly!! Here's a question for you moms .. how much did you talk to your babies when they were in there?? I find it kinda tough, like I don't know what to talk about ... so I just sing to her most of the time ;)

25 Weeks
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23 Weeks

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

5 months :)

Time is flying & our sweet baby girl is getting fiestier by the day! For the last 2 days, she has not stopped flipping and poking and kicking!! Her daddy and Aunt Krystal have been able to feel her move and we can already see her pushing around & making plenty of room to get really big. We can't wait!!!

I've been feeling pretty good lately, just now and then feeling the effects of the major stretching that's going on here. Other than that, we've just been picking up odds and ends for her and trying to decide on a name.

Here are a few pics!

22 Weeks

20 Weeks (yes, I missed 21 .. oops!!)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Baby Girl!!!

Well, today was the long awaited ultrasound! We were so excited it made it hard to sleep (kinda like Christmas), but the time finally came!! We got there a little early, but the ultrasound tech finally called us back. She first checked my cervix, which she said looked good. Then she asked us if we wanted to know what it was, and she was able to tell right away! It's a girl!!! Then she checked all of the other important things like the brain, the heart, the limbs, the face, the spine, etc. Everything was perfect! Baby girl does have a small cyst on her brain, but the doctor said it's totally normal and will go away before she's born.

We are so thrilled and feel so blessed to have a healthy little baby on the way. I particularly am SO excited to have a daughter! I can't wait to play with her, do her hair (if she lets me), and dress her in adorable outfits!! Bryan wants to know if she'll still play football with him ... I'm sure she will :)

So we know what she is, we have a crib, a stroller/carseat, a cradle, and a new car (thank God) that she can ride in safely, and I can feel her move pretty much every day now ....... yet it still feels like I'm dreaming the most beautiful dream ever!! I'm not sure it will feel real until she's born, but we can't wait!! Thanks for all your prayers and please keep them up.

Here are a few pics, including my 19 week one!!
PS ... No we haven't decided on a name yet ... hopefully soon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

by popular demand .. 17 weeks!

Just a couple pics .. everyone wants to see how big I'm getting so I figured I'd let ya see!! I personally can't believe I am showing this much at 17 weeks but that's ok :) I've only gained about 2 lbs, so I'm thinking I should be ok. Not much else to tell .. starting to feel a little movement I think, but sometimes it's really hard to know. Right now we are just anxious for our ultrasound coming up & trying to decide what stroller we want! And yeah, it really hasn't sunk in yet that we are going to have a baby!! :) :)

17 Weeks
16 Weeks

Monday, August 2, 2010

15 Weeks!!

How in the world am I 15 weeks pregnant already?? It blows my mind that the baby is the size of an apple and pretty much formed by now! The picture we took today though made me realize that I am for sure growing!! Yikes! It's pretty cool, I just hope I'm not HUGE by 40 weeks! We also had our first appt with the new OB today. I'm seeing Dr. Domingo after a lot of recommendations, and he was very nice. The baby's heartrate was at 155 bpm and we scheduled our big ultrasound for August 31st. Can't wait to find out what this little one is!!

Here are some pics over the last couple months...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

An unexpected turn of events!!

Well, I feel like this deserves a story, but I don't even know where to start. I will do my best though!! Many of you know that Bryan & I have been seeing a doctor and trying to get pregnant for the last couple years. The main reason for this is because I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) ... which messes with hormone levels and overall just makes things really difficult. So I knew a long time ago that I was probably going to need some help getting pregnant. What I didn't realize was how long and frustrating that journey was going to be.

We did hold off for a while just because of being in Costa Rica, and timing, and whatnot, but after a while of actually trying, decided to see a doctor. I'll spare you the details, but let's just say we went through lots of testing, drugs, and procedures. We did have one glimmer of hope about a year ago, but that baby was not healthy, and didn't live very long at all. It was a really hard thing for us to handle, but we kept on going. Things continued to fail, and I'll admit that I went through a time of bitterness, of questioning where God was in my life, and of thinking of other possible options for our future. After a while, I decided we weren't going to put our lives on hold anymore, and I decided to pursue my master's in TESL. I was very excited to start this in the fall of 2010, and while I didn't want to do any more fertility junk, decided to give it a few more months so that I wouldn't ever regret not giving it the best shot possible. The next step was a little exploratory laparoscopic surgery, where they found no major issues.

So as we were waiting to start another round after the surgery, I began to think maybe it was possible that I'd had a regular cycle, and maybe, just maybe, we had made a baby. Then again, I'd had that thought in other months, so I didn't want to get my hopes up. So on May 19th, my 29th birthday, I had a pretty strong MAYBE feeling. Not wanting to ruin my birthday with a negative pregnancy test, I decided to wait until the next day. Sure enough ... completely and totally without a doubt positive!!!! What?!?! I had gotten so used to the glaring one line on the tests that I wasn't sure how to react! Many emotions and thoughts went through my head, disbelief, excitement, relief, fear, you name it!!

I went to the doctor that day for a blood test and the levels were sky-high!! I couldn't wait to tell Bryan. I hadn't hinted at all that I could be pregnant because, yeah, we'd been there before and been disappointed before, so I didn't want him to go through it again too. I must have done a really good job, because as I went home and told him .. he thought I was joking! I had joked earlier in the week that one of the things I wanted for my birthday was a baby .. and so I said, remember the things I told you I wanted? Well, I got one of them! He was confused .. like, so if you didn't buy anything and nobody got it for you, how did you get something?? Once he realized it was the baby, he did not believe me!! I ran upstairs and showed him the test & we just smiled nervously at each other.

It's been a scary 12 weeks, just with what happened last year, but everything has been absolutely perfect so far, and we truly believe that this is a blessing from God. It is starting to sink in that this is the real deal, and we are so excited to meet this little one in January!!!

Here are a few ultrasound pics from the last few months ... the doctors follow all their patients very closely through the first trimester, which meant we got to see the baby a lot!! Now I have to wait 3 weeks til my appt with the OB on Aug 2nd, which feels like an eternity!! Anyways...

6 Weeks

8 Weeks

10 Weeks

10 Weeks (a different view of crossed legs!)

11 Weeks (Nuchal Translucency Scan)

11 Weeks (Face)

11ish Weeks (a little cramping scare)

12 Weeks (baby doing somersaults & waving)

12 Weeks (3D!)