April 10, 2012

Photo Dump

Well, I must admit, that the third trimester is taking its toll on me!  We've been really busy lately with out of town trips, busy work schedules, visits with family, and all the last minute things we're trying to get done before Baby Girl enters the world.  In regards to my pregnancy, everything is going well so far.  I've been to the doctor three times in the past week and going forward, I'll be going twice each week until they decide to induce.  Adding that to our schedule is demanding but we're thankful the doctors are keeping a close eye on us.  (These appointments require a two hour commitment and I'm not able to take Halley with me so Randy & I are both trying to rearrange our schedules.) We also, might, have a name picked out (don't ask what) so that brings me some relief!

There is a slew of pictures to follow from the past few months.  This sweet baby growing inside me has a lot of live up to with her big sister but I know she will be wonderful in her own way!  Halley constantly makes me laugh, is so smart, and has a deeply sensitive heart towards other people, which I love. 

Checking herself out!
At the St. Patty's Day parade in Savannah (she did have more fun than this picture shows but she was definitely worn out)

In her element (phone+stroller+purse)
In case you can't tell, she's sleeping with her sunglasses on.

Taking a "walk in the woods"

Definitely Daddy's girl
Showing off her cupcake dress from Aunt Kathryn

Putting together baby sister's crib

Picking strawberries in Rome

Don't be fooled-she only picked about two!
Happy Easter! (right before she busted it face first on the brick steps)

My dapper husband & me at 34 weeks

Hunting Easter eggs

Before going to school today-so cute!

February 27, 2012

Hello 3rd trimester!

Well, here we are again!  I can't believe I'm already 28 weeks and this little girl will be here in 10 weeks or less.  Yikes!  Have I mentioned that she has no name??? I can count on one hand the number of conversations we've actually had about baby names.  I welcome any reasonable suggestions you may have (as long as they're not in the Top 10 most popular list from the past decade).

I go back to see my OB this week and then the perinatalogist next week.  At my last appointment, Baby Girl is healthy, weighs almost two pounds and is measuring a little above average. Each time I've had an ultrasound, the doctor or tech comments about how active she is and how much she moves around.  Same story, second baby! ;)  I've also started having Braxton Hicks (which I never experienced with Halley) for the past week or so.  It's not awful but I certainly wouldn't mind if they stopped.  I'm sleeping a little better than my first pregnancy (thanks to awesome new pillows from my mom) but the heartburn is still ever-present.  (Speaking of my mom, she was pregnant with triplets and claims she's never had heartburn in her life.  What gives?!)

(My computer is being difficult and won't let me crop the picture.)

And here is my Big Girl helping me make pancakes this morning.  I love that sweet face!

February 24, 2012

Halley & the fire pit

Halley discovered a new pre-dinner activity last night.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? 

Why we made her put on a rain coat, I have no idea.  She was drenched from head to toe when she was done.  And, for the record, the splashing session ended once she refused to stop lapping up the rain water.  The two of us, laughing hysterically while she did it and saying "No, stop it" the whole time, may or may not have sent mixed signals.  

February 15, 2012


Hello sweet people who come to check in on our not-so-exciting life,

Here's what's going on in our world.
The baby update:

When I went in for my 20 week ultrasound, not only did we find out we were NOT having a boy, but we were told that there are some slight complications with the umbilical cord.  Most women have a 'three vessel cord' consisting of two arteries and one vein.  In less than 1% of women, there is only one artery and one vein.  (It's called a Single Umbilical Artery.)  I fall into that 1%.  My doctor is not overly concerned but there are some increased risks involved so I'm now seeing a perinatalogist as well. Without boring you with all the details, it basically means I will start seeing doctors weekly at 34 weeks for a non-stress test and ultrasound.  They'll be monitoring my blood pressure and the baby's growth to make sure that she is continuing to grow on track.  With only one artery feeding her blood & nutrients, the doctors need to monitor weekly progress so we don't get into a precarious situation.  We also found out that my uterine artery is more constricted (it should be loose & free-flowing, I think?) which resulted in my blood pressure getting dangerously high when pregnant with Halley.  Some reassurances from the doctor: kidney & brain defects are among the risk and the ultrasound shows Baby Girl does NOT have these issues (praise Jesus) and this has nothing to do with the miscarriage I had earlier in the pregnancy.  I really haven't been very pre-occupied about this (except selfishly when I think about juggling two different doctors on a weekly basis) but I have heard the word "stillborn" a few times since this conversation started so we definitely covet your prayers if you think about us.  

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Okay, enough medical talk.

Here's our sweet girl:

Halley had her first haircut this week. She doesn't look very happy in this picture but she was so good and didn't want to leave!  No one else except her mama would be able to tell the difference but she was way overdue.

Daddy & Daughter date night at Chick-Fil-A (makes my heart melt!)

A few of my favorite Halley moments:
  • At night, she says to me "Mommy hold you" so that I wrap my arms around her while we sing. 
  • She loves to say "It just right" meaning the temperature (of her bath, food) isn't too hot or cold.
  • Dozens of times a day, I hear "I do it" usually in terms of getting dressed.  She also coaches herself "Writing in back" so she knows which way her clothes go on. 
  • For my wriggly baby who was never very cuddly, she is seriously making up for lost time over the past few months.  Every once in a while it's a little frustrating but I adore it 99.99% of the time. 
  • Halley heard a little girl crying in a restaurant last night and her immediate comment was "She sad.  She fell out of the chair."...why she assumed that, I have no idea but it was really funny.
  • Potty training is getting better.  Not perfect but at least better.  And after I used the bathroom a few days ago, Halley said to me "Good job Mommy!"  Haha.  At least she listens to me.
 Thanks for checking in on us!

February 2, 2012

"Smiling's my favorite"

Well, hello friends!  I found a stash of pictures I never shared so here's a random mess of things over the past few months.  Apparently, it's easy for Halley to get excited....

in the bathtub.....

 seeing a train...

 wearing purple pajamas....


 eating donuts for the first time on her 2nd birthday.....

wearing sunglasses in the car....

 dressed as Wilma Flintstone driving a tractor...

{Well, they're not really happy here.  
This is Halley with her friend, Luke, at Halloween and his cute mama, Haley.
(Note: felt Halloween costumes make for itchy skin & grouchy 2 year olds)}

 and watching her favorite movie, Doe a Deer (aka The Sound of Music).

Merry Christmas to me!  I just found this picture and it may be my new favorite.  All three of us are smiling-what a miracle!

And for you, Lorrie, here I am at 24 weeks.  I think I look bigger than this picture shows--maybe I'm just storing it all in my cheeks.  Haha!  Pregnant face is baaaaaaccckk.  At least I know that it eventually returns to normal. 

Happy weekend! 

January 7, 2012


Since I have been pregnant, the big question up for debate has been will we find out the sex of the baby.  We were surprised with Halley--which was Randy's idea but I'm so glad we were--but this pregnancy has been different from the beginning.  I had complications in the beginning so everything was unsettled for my first trimester.  Since then, all has been well but I've felt more queasy and out-of-sorts.  Plus I'm carrying this baby broader and lower which has completely convinced us that we were having a boy. 

So the question was still up in the air when I went in for my 16 week appointment.  The doctor suggested we do an ultrasound to find out the sex.  But we weren't sure we wanted to know! And Randy wasn't there!  Yikes, what to do?  The tech wrote it on the back of the ultrasound and stuck it in an envelope for us to open if we wanted.  It sat on our mantel for two weeks until Christmas morning when Randy gave it to me for Christmas to open. 

Here's the video of us on Christmas morning:

(Obviously, this is the edited version.) Well, let's just say we were surprised at my 20 week appointment!  I had finally wrapped my brain around having a little boy and now we're totally switching gears.  I am thrilled that Halley will have a sister.  Plus, we have what we need AND Randy is a great girl's dad.  And after all of my soul searching on giving in to the "What's it gonna be?" pressure, we were are still totally surprised.  Like pinching ourselves, mouth hanging open, surprised.

I absolutely love how God orchestrated it all.  

December 16, 2011

Surprise! (well, not really)

I figure it's time to make this little announcement, especially since this year's Christmas cards gave away our secret. 

Randy was taking this picture and I guess Halley was feeling a little left out!  Too cute.  Anyway, this was about two weeks ago and I'm on my way to 18 weeks now.  I've felt different, I look different, yada yada yada.  Needless to say, we're thinking it may be a boy this time.  I would love for Halley to have a sister but I'd be surprised if it's a girl.  And the eternal debate...to find out or not?  We didn't with Halley but I'm not sure I can do that this time around.  We'll see.  Sooooo, yay for babies!  Coming sooner than I realize...May 23.