Friday, December 14, 2007

39 Weeks: The beginning of the end


39 weeks tomorrow, and only 10 days of the pregnancy remaining! I was all anxious and hoping I would deliver early, but being in the midst of today, and realizing that I only have 10 days left (unless I go later), and realizing those 10 days will fly has made me let go of those anxieties and try to enjoy these last precious days of feeling my little peanut inside my belly, and sleeping in. I think I’ll miss the sensations of him moving- a constant reassurance of his wellbeing. But I cannot wait to meet him!! I know I’m na├»ve to the changes that will happen in my life, but I intend to take it day-by-day and learn as much as I can.

Wednesday, I had a bloody show. If this is TMI for you, stop reading here, but it is basically lots of blood-tinged mucous that indicates that your cervix is dilating and effacing. It can signal that labor is days/weeks away. Again, like every other “sign”, it is hardly definitive. If nothing else, it’s a sign that we’re progressing in the right direction, and at this point, that’s all I can hope for! I actually had to go to the hospital yesterday. I had a bit of spotting, and the day before I heard that mysterious ‘pop’ once again. Afraid the two could be related I called the doctor, who told me to get it checked out. I was on the monitor for a while and the baby was not showing signs of stress. They were also monitoring my contractions; yes, I was having them. I’ve been having them all this time, and simply mistook the feeling for the baby stretching. In all actuality, that sensation comes from the uterus contracting around the baby, thus hugging him and making it feel like he was stretching. I saw Dr. Hamilton while I was in the hospital and she said that if I wanted her to, she could check me internally to see about progress. When I told her that I’d rather not endure the discomfort, if she doesn’t think it’s necessary, she said that was a good choice on my part, as her checking could encourage more bleeding. She said the bleeding could very well be a sign of my cervix dilating, and “who knows- labor could be this weekend!”. She said the situation is favorable, and the baby is the lowest she’s ever seen, so it’s definitely a possibility! I would like for her to be the one to deliver, and she is on call this weekend.On a different note, today is the last day of work! YAAAAAAY! I cannot WAIT—I’m pretty uncomfortable today, with pressure from the baby being low. I’m sitting here practically spread eagle so my belly has somewhere to go! Oh this is all so exciting! J

A sweet man just came into the office and left me with an encouraging blessing, “May God bless you and give you such an incredible birth that you will remember that God did it”.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

38 weeks

This picture brings us to about 38 weeks. We went to a wedding for some good friends of ours. Keith was in the Bridal party. It was fun...except for the 'trying to find a dress' part. That was quite a process. I had actually borrowed a dress from a friend at work and when I actually went to try it on, I very closely resembled a sausage. It was more the pattern than the way it fit- black and grey with leaf-like print. *cringe*It looked much better on the hanger than it did on me. So I tried on like 3 others that I had, but none fit! I didn't realize that I had gotten so big almost overnight...or at least that's how it feels. So I resorted to the only thing that looked remotely slimming, even though it was made for summer, and it was freezing outside. I also wore heels. I have no idea what I was thinking- I didn't wear them for most of the night. All in all, it was fun.

I went to my appointment last week and they did not do an internal exam. They usually start those at 38 weeks (which would be this week) to monitor progress. The only reason they did an exam at the last one was because they were already "there" to give me a group b strep test. Being 1 cm dilated and 70% effaced the first time was definitely encouraging, so I'm hoping that the progress from last week as well as this week will come as a nice surprise! I've been trying to focus upon the little changes I notice, in my body, wondering if everything that I feel, which is remotely different, is a sign that the baby is coming. I've been having a lot more indigestion, unfortunately, waves of nausea here and there, and continuous swelling in my legs, feet, and ankles. I've been sleeping less...or peeing and changing positions more...can't decide which. And most importantly, I've been trying to enjoy sleeping in on the weekends, knowing it will end soon! This week is my last at THP, so that very thought is giving me renewed energy on this dreary Monday morning. I hope it holds me over all week!

Keith's 28th birthday is today! He thinks that the baby coming on his birthday would be the absolute best gift ever! I wouldn't mind going into labor tonight but hope that he doesn't actually come until tomorrow (if that's the case), because I have plans to take Keith out to dinner with 4 of our friends. It should be fun! Not crazy and over the top, but a budget-friendly way to celebrate. After all, who could resist the Cheesecake factory? Mmmmm-delicious! I also went on a cleaning frenzy last night. He mentioned how having the house clean makes him feel less stressed and more comfortable, so I thought that would be a nice birthday gift. He looked at me suspiciously after finding out that I cleaned out the fridge and wiped down the shelves and asked me if I was 'nesting' or if I was doing this for him. I told him it was definitely for him. I had a 2 hour nap that afternoon, and figured if I have the energy, I might as well take advantage of it!! One less thing to do next week when I'm off!

A good question came up this weekend, in talking with some friends about the holidays. They asked what we would do if the baby hadn't yet shown up by Christmas...and the answer is that I really don't know! My aunt is hosting Christmas at her house in Southampton (about 45 away from our house- 1 hour from the hospital). I don't know if it's wise to go there, and risk going into labor and having to rush to the hospital, or if we should stick close to home. Hopefully the baby will have come by then, and it won't even be an issue. But If he hasn't, i'm not sure what to do! If I just go into labor, it's no biggie and we would have plenty of time to get to the hospital. But if my water breaks, that's a different story. There's not as much time to get there. Maybe this will be another decision that is made for me.

My 38 week appointment is tomorrow. If I hear anything interesting, I will definitely let everyone know!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

36 Week Appointment

I had my 36 week appointment last night. The results? *Drum roll*: 1 cm dilated and 70% effaced. Dilation means nothing without contractions, but I know effacement makes dilation easier. It doesn’t tell me when the baby will come, but I should dilate more easily when I do go into labor. So things are looking up! When she went to examine my cervix, she said “WOAH! His head is really low!!!” I guess that’s a good sign as well, hopefully meaning that I will be able to have a vaginal delivery without complications. J He’s being very well behaved! Regarding the popping noise, she still has no idea what it was but said that as long as he is still moving as much as he has before, he is fine. And he is DEFINITELY still moving as much as before, the little squirt! After I went to my appointment, the doctor sent me to the hospital to be monitored and tested for preeclampsia. Apparently my blood pressure was still a little high and when I told her about the dizziness and headache, and near passing out, she told me it’s prob. nothing, but it’s good to take precaution. They had me on the monitor, drew blood, and checked me blood pressure 3 times, and sure enough, everything was fine! All in all, it was good news!

I’m so excited for him to come! I don’t want to rush his delivery. The only time I’m anxious for him to come is when I’m sitting in my desk chair and very uncomfortable because of how cramped he is and how I can’t change positions to get comfortable. So I’ve decided to look at my last day of work as the light at the end of the tunnel rather than his due date. Once I’m able to be home, chances are it will be easier to get comfortable, and the rest of the pregnancy will be smooth sailing! 16 days until I’m finished at work, and I’ll only actually be working for 12 of them!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Week 37

Your little one is now about six pounds in weight and measures slightly more than 20 inches in length. Growth will slow down now, so your baby will be able to fit the narrow passageway to the outside and so he or she can store up the energy needed for delivery. (www.whattoexpect.com)

Well folks, it’s week 37 that we’re working on now! On Friday I will be full term!!!! How crazy is that? We’ve successfully made it through a great and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. Paul and Julie and the kids were over (mom’s brother and his family, for those of you who don’t know) and Joanne, Bill, and the girls (dad’s sister and his family). It was fun to all be together. We did have one strange happening, over the weekend, however. Keith and I went home for the day to take a break, get stuff done at home, and relax. We planned to go back to mom's that night. Well, we were sitting on the couch watching a movie. The baby was kicking pretty hard (like normal) and I didn't think anything of it. But then after one of his kicks I heard a pop from inside my stomach!! It sounded like someone was cracking their knuckle. I looked at Keith and said 'did you hear that??' he said 'yeah what was it??' he thought I cracked my knee or something. But i hadn't moved. Just after that the baby's movement stopped and when he did move they were very small movements. So I freaked out (of course) and called the doc. Hamilton was the one to get back to me, and she said that movement changing was normal but the pop sound was not, so I should go in to the hosp to get checked out. At first I thought my water broke-- that seemed like the only possibility. But I wasn't leaking and there was no gush. So we went to the hospital and they put the baby on a heart monitor and me on a contraction monitor for 20 minutes. The nurse said everything looked normal, so she sent me home! But she couldn't tell me what the pop was- she had never heard of it before. I hope the baby is ok!! He's moving like normal and everything, but it was just all so weird. Fortunately my appointment on Tuesday is with Hamilton- the same doctor who called me back. You’d better believe I have some questions lined up!!
In nursery news….Drum roll please…it’s finished!!! Thanks to my wonderful husband, that is. We brought home a glider my mom re-covered the cushion for, and on Sunday, Keith put together the bookcase he was refinishing. It looks awesome! I did all the little finishing touches: put books and stuffed animals, a memory box, a piggy bank, and some baby books (the ones you actually record in) on the shelves. I also hung the quilt-square wall hangings near the glider and over the crib, and it looks SO CUTE! Keith hung the quilt over the changing table to add to the wall. It definitely looks like a nursery now! Every time I walk by it, I have to stop and peek inside. I’m so excited! I have every intention of putting pictures up, but have been really bad with it. I’ve just forgotten, time and again. I have pictures from one of my showers, but I look very…oompa loompa-like (only slightly taller)…so maybe I’ll take some neck-down pictures for the sake of belly recording. He is kicking and moving more than ever now! You always see those pictures of babies folded in half, in the womb. It is not so for little Collier. He has his head down, his feet stretched to one side, and his bottom on the other side. He likes to do this thing where he kicks off my stomach on the one side, causing his butt to bounce off the other, which makes his feet hit again after the butt bounce. Evidently this is fun because he did it for a good 15 minutes straight, last week. I think he thinks he still has tons of room to move around…no one has told him that he’s getting bigger and he really shouldn’t do these things. Sometimes he moves around so much and kicks so hard that even my tummy rubbing, which normally stops him, isn’t enough. But when daddy talks, he listens. Keith will come over (when I’m at the end of my rope) and talk to him, while putting his hands on whatever body parts are jutting out, and he calms right down! Once he is calm, Keith will move his hands, and the baby will start right back up. Sometimes we have to repeat the process 2 or 3 times to get him fully calm. Conversely, this method also works when I get a little nervous about how little he is moving. If I go through long, quiet periods, it can make me nervous, because he’s obviously an active little guy. So I ask Keith to come over and wake him up, for peace of mind. Keith just has to come over and talk to him a bit, and he wakes right up. It’s good to know that he knows daddy’s voice. We’re both getting really excited to meet him, and to be parents!Keith put together the stroller (RV), car seat, and pack-n-play over the past two weekends. We have spent a great deal of time trying to figure these contraptions out. There is nothing “pack” about the “pack n play” though…it’s harder to collapse than it looks. Keith and I were viewing it as something we could easily use every weekend if we wanted to up and go to mom and dad’s, but something tells me after one or two trips, that will be nixed from the option list and it will be reserved for longer trips only. It will be very handy to have downstairs for the first couple of weeks, however. Who knows- maybe we’ll get it down to a science and take it everywhere (?).

I picked out two outfits to bring to the hospital to bring the baby home in, yesterday. One was lighter, so we can use it if we’re allowed to put the ‘bundle me’ car seat blanket in (sometimes hospitals don’t let you put anything in but baby). The other one is heavy and fleecy with built in feet. We both kind of stood there for a minute trying to envision how much of the outfits he will take up. I’ve heard opinions across the board of what his size will be, but I can’t help but envision a little peanut (though average sized for a newborn) who doesn’t quite fit into everything just yet. Anyway, what else I packed…I’ll have to bring his new hat and mittens from the Ricard family, to keep him nice and toasty. I also plan to bring the baby book from Claude to fill in, in between contractions. J It will give me something fun to do. The weekend’s experience with the last minute hospital run pretty much ‘warned’ Keith and I that the baby could come at any time, now! I should make a list of items I want to bring, today, so that if I have to pack in a hurry, I can. Keith and I both think the baby will be coming earlier than his due date. Between how crowded he is in my short torso, and how active he is, he’s bound to trigger earlier labor. When it comes down to it, we will take him when he is ready to come. I am anxious to move past the “I’m an elephant” stage of life, and stop looking like a sausage in whatever I wear, but not so much so that I would want my baby’s health to be compromised in any way. I’ll wait as long as I have to.
A funny aside—my dad has taken to calling the baby Noah. He is convinced that’s what his name should be “because his bedroom is nautical”. So at family gatherings (ie: Thanksgiving) he refers to the baby as Noah in front of family, and as a result, everyone thinks his name will be Noah. Everyone ‘awww’s’ and comments on how cute it is. But when Keith and I tell them that we have not yet decided on a name, and Noah is simply dad’s whim, they all seem disappointed and some even suggest using Noah as a middle name if we haven’t found one already. Time will tell. I do intend to blog about what the names are that we have chosen (both of them) after the baby is born.

That’s about it for now…I’ll keep everyone posted!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Week 35

We are in the midst of week 35 now—34 weeks and 5 days to be exact. Everything is going just fine! I’m growing increasingly cramped as this little guy struggles to stay comfortable. The time is drawing near- that’s what I keep reminding myself. I’m sleeping less and less, and while I still love my pregnancy, I’m getting ready for the baby to come. I’m so uncomfortable at work, right now, that I’m getting frustrated…I can’t concentrate on anything except how nice it’s going to be to get out of this dumb chair and go home to take these maternity pants off! I think I need to buy a stress ball. Tonight.

On a different note, I’ve boycotted pictures, so you may not see one for a while (until the end gets closer) Or maybe I’ll take a couple pictures just of the baby (my belly). I still have to get through the Thanksgiving and possibly Christmas holidays! Aaaah! It seems virtually impossible! His room is mostly done! It’s so exciting! All the furniture came in, and all the clothes are washed and put into his drawers… my mom is going to re-cover a glider cushion for me, and then we will be using the glider. Keith is also re-staining a bookshelf for the room. It’s taking a while but hopefully we’ll be able to use it soon. It looks cute—it’s definitely a little boy’s room….I had my doctor’s appointment yesterday. Everything is looking good. The baby has turned head-down and remains that way. My blood pressure is a little high, but apparently not high enough to be worried about though. I hope that it stays that way! After my next appointment, which comes in 2 weeks, I have to start going weekly. Fun fun! I hope they start checking for dilation and effacement. It will be exciting to hear about that progress and how close or far I am. I’ve told many people at work that I’d love for it to be around the 20th! We could have the baby home for Christmas!

Anyway, that’s all the exciting things I have to say for now. I hope I can write more exciting news next time! Ok, I’m nodding off now…I either have to get up to walk around and pee or take my afternoon break to nap. Either way, I’m off!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Week 32!!!


My my my how time flies! I only have 2 months and a few days left! I can tell it's getting close though. Baby Collier is moving up a STORM and growing like crazy! Sometimes I feel like he's going to kick his way out! He's still laying crossways in my belly, so all the prayers we can get for him to turn head-down will be MUCH appreciated! My friend told me a 'trick' that's supposed to move them- a hands and knees position with my belly down. I'll give it a try tonight! Or maybe once a day! They can supposedly move more freely that way. The pregnancy is fine otherwise. I have been getting major swelling in my left foot only, so I intend to ask the doctor about it at my appointment on tuesday.

In other news, I had a baby shower last weekend, from Keith's family. It was great! It's so much fun to get little outfits and baby things and watch his room slowly come together, and dream of how the outfits will fit him. :) I can't wait to have him here! Keith can't wait either. I'll try to post pictures from the shower, if I can get my hands on some.
We recently finished up our labor and delivery class, too. As you can see, Keith wore the sympathy belly. He did quite well! :) Looking at the belly, he looks huge compared to me haha! It's scary to think I will soon be there. I already can't see my toes! The class has been extremely informative and has reaffirmed in my mind that I definitely want an epidural, and will be praying that I don't have to get a c-section. I have to take a nursing class and an anesthesia class in November. That should be fun.

School is moving right along, keeping our nights and weekends busy. That's prob. why it feels like this pregnancy is zooming by! Hopefully I will be able to enjoy the last bit! Hope everyone is doing well!

Monday, October 8, 2007

In the Midst of Week 30!!!


Wow, I'm way behind with my blogging! :) We are working on week 30 now! It's so hard to believe that in 11 weeks we will have a little baby boy living with us! A lot has been going on, but not much has changed. Two weeks ago we went to the Outer Banks with my sister in law and her family, and inlaws. It was very relaxing. Unfortunately we (baby Collier and I) had a cold or sinus infection or something during the whole vacation. You don't realize the effects medicine can have on your sickness until you're unable to take it! Keith caught the cold from me and had it for only 4 days, whereas I had it for 10 days. Anyway, we've all recovered. We came back from the Outer Banks a little bit early so that Keith could finish the nursery before classes started up again. He finished all the painting and it looks great! We have to clean some things out and vacuum and then I'd like to take and post pictures so everyone can see. This past weekend we ordered our furniture, too. I'm glad we finally did-- it's not going to be in for 8-10 weeks!!! It will show up RIGHT before the baby is born! That kindof stinks because I won't be able to get fully organized before he's here, but I guess it's better than if it were to come late!
In other news, I was in yet another car accident. It was nothing major-- just a small fender bender. More annoying than anything. I was stopped at a red light when a honda rear-ended me. I couldn't believe it! My 2nd accident in less than a year and again, not my fault! Thankfully he barely tapped me, so the damage is minimal, and the baby and I are physically just fine! After that happened, though, the fact that you can't trust other drivers was reaffirmed, in my mind, and I decided to put the Britax Marathon infant-toddler seat on my registry. I didn't want to at first, because it costs 260 dollars, but for my baby's safety, it's worth it. And you never know when an accident could occur, and how it can change your life. I experienced that in January, and I pray that Keith, the baby and I (not to mention the rest of the family) never have to deal with that again.
I had my monthly appointment 2 weeks ago, and everything is progressing normally! The next time I visit will be in two weeks (every appointment is every two weeks until 36 weeks). At 36 weeks, I will have visits weekly for the last 4 weeks of the pregnancy. I was asking the doctor about my due date, since with every ultrasound they said it could be a little different. She looked at the charts and said that the 'window', based on all my ultrasounds, for the baby to come is between December 18th and 24th. Ofcourse things like these are so unpredictable it could very well be much earlier or much later, but at least that gives me a better picture, and hopefully more accurate anticipation! I can't wait for him to get here! This Christmas is going to be a great one!
This is a picture from our anniversary dinner on the 9th of Oct. Keith surprised me and took me to a place in New Hope. :) It was sweet of him-- we had a good time.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

26 Weeks, 3 days....we're becoming blimp-like.

We've reached the 26 week mark, and are quickly coming upon 27 weeks (this Saturday!). The 27th week will be spend relaxing in North Carolina with Keith and family. I can't wait to get away from all this madness! There isn't really anything new to tell, except to point out how funny it is that in the rightmost picture in the collage above, you can tell that the baby is laying at the left side of my stomach (or right side, when you look at the picture). That's where his little head and back are. :) I took my glucose test today-- it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I hear they're extremely easy to fail, though, and I love sugar/carbs, so i wouldn't be the least bit surprised if I did fail hahaha! If I have to go back I'd have to drink the liquid again, as well as fast the night before, and have my blood drawn once every hour for 4 hours. They really test into it extensively! I suppose having diabetes while you're pregnant can really effect the baby. Better to be safe than sorry!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The 24th and 25th weeks

Things continue to change! The belly is getting bigger and bigger, and I can feel the baby squirming around a lot more now. I am starting to feel his smaller movements better, and his bigger movements have intensified. He must be getting big! I can also watch his movement on the outside of my belly now. That’s fun!!! I’m sure he can feel my movements and hear our voices, because the other night, Keith woke up around 4am, and I woke up too b/c he had gone to the bathroom and whatnot. Well, before he went back to sleep, he cuddled up to me and wanted to ‘hold’ the baby. The little guy just woke right up- the second keith started to rub my belly. Needless to say we were awake for a while after that.

For the last week and a half, I’ve had pain in my right rib while sitting straight up. It feels like something is wedged under there—leg, arm, organ, I’m not sure what. If I try to alter my posture to alleviate it, I get pain in my back, directly across from where it is in the front. This has made working VERY difficult, because I obviously sit upright, and can’t stand, recline, or lie down to work. It has also made driving difficult. The only relief came at night time. Although last night (for the first time) the pain was waking me up. *sigh* Not much you can do about it, though, I guess. School is still keeping both of us quite busy! The class I’ve had this quarter is pretty intense, and a lot of homework. Keith just finished his summer semester—only one more to go and he’s a free and officially educated man! We are SO excited about it!! Now we just have to pray him through the last semester! Hopefully not having to juggle work and school will lighten his load, poor guy. I will be doubling up my course load for the next 2 quarters, so I will be finished and certified in Graphic Design by February! I was thinking I would have to be in school until August, so that’s really good news to me!

This is about all that’s going on right now! I haven’t taken any new pictures lately, but it’s in the back of my mind…hopefully I’ll remember to do so soon! It would be so much easier if I could just take them myself- finding someone to do it is half the battle! That’s all the news for now! Hopefully the next update I write will not include feet, knees, and elbows in the wrong places! J

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Week 24 Thank You

We are in day 3 of week 24. Time is just flying by! It seems like every day I read of someone new who follows this blog, and have been getting words of encouragement right and left. For those of you who do read- thank you! It motivates me to write! And for those of you who do comment, thank you also. I've been having problems commenting on other blogs for some reason. It doesn't accept my login information. Maybe someday I will solve this mystery...I'll keep trying for sure. Sam and Jennifer, I agree with you that staying home with our son will be such a blessing and we will see God work. The only doubt I have is in myself, and my ability (or lack thereof) to always have a cheery, 100% trusting, positive outlook. Conquering myself will prob. be the greatest struggle. I also have to trust that the photography business will grow. I have 2 potential weddings on the line for the 2008 season. I covet your prayers for this-- please, please, please pray that God will show me favor and I'll land them both! I'm so excited for photography to pick up because I love to do it, and it would work out beautifully with Keith's work schedule and taking care of the baby! I should know about one of them by next week.

As far as news on the pregnancy, I think everything is just fine! The aches and pains have begun...the unexplained backache, the sciatic nerve pain, hip pain, rib pain (this one is new)...I feel like there is something sitting under my ribcage on the right, and if I slouch, it gets really irritating. Not only does my posture have to be perfect...it has to be exaggerated in order to avoid this feeling. Ick. I've also been having pains in my abdomen on the right side so the doctor ordered an ultrasound on my gallbladder, as often times pregnancy induces gallbladder problems. I went for it yesterday and should find out the results in 3 days. I'm praying everything is alright, and these pains are just associated with growing/stretching. The little one is still very active, so even if there are gallbladder issues, they aren't affecting him. :) And that's the best scenario I could wish for!

Then there's the weight gain. Yeah let's not talk about that. :)

I'm on the tail end of conquering the Baby Registry. Woooooah it's a lot! It's hard as a first time mom to know what to put on there and what not to...what products/brands to invest in and what not to. I had started my registry at 88 items. Then I went back w/ my neighbors, who informed me that even if you don't receive items on your registry for your shower, you still obtain a 10 percent discount after. So those things that I was in limbo about getting, I put on there, just for discount sake, but now my registry is up to 125 items!!! :/ I'm really debating on whether or not to take things off just for the sake of making it less overwhelming for my poor family and friends, and minimizing the pressure....and not to look like a greedy prude. What to do... what to do...

In other news, Keith painted the nursery this weekend! It looks so good so far!! The bottom half of the room is navy blue (though slightly muted and not deep) and the top part is brown. It will have white chair rail soon, but we have only got as far as purchasing it. Also we picked out our furniture this weekend...now we just have to order it! Slowly, things are falling into place. I figure within two weeks we will have it ordered. I'm so excited! It's been hard not to be able to help Keith with the work, but he seems to be enjoying it! He loves doing that kind of stuff, and thankfully, he's great at it! I will post pictures once the junk is cleared out and the trim is hung. It's definitely looking very nautical! :)

I have a friend who is willing to take pictures for week 24, and hopefully I won't look angry or overtly rotund in these :). worse comes to worse I could just crop my face out haha!

As always, more to come!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Story of God's Promises

Ok, now I have to tell you a story. Obviously I've been overwhelmed with the work decisions, so I've been praying about it a lot. I wasn't praying about what would be "right or wrong" to do, I was praying about whether or not God expected me to trust Him to provide, or if He expected me to take on the responsibility of working. If He expected me to trust Him, then I wouldn't work. But if He expected me to be responsible, I'd have to work. And Not knowing if things would work out if I didn't work is what was bogging me down and keeping me from making that decision, even though Keith and I have always wanted me to stay home with our kids.

So anyway, lately while I have been praying I was getting anxious about how I would recognize the answer. It's a huge decision to make, which would impact our son's childhood, and my husband's workload, so I wanted something concrete and unmistakable, as an answer. On Sunday, at church, the pastor talked about Abraham. He told the story of how God promised to give Abraham children through his wife sarah, and they would turn into numerous descendants. Abraham thought this was great news, obviously, but then he turned around and took matters into his own hands, and slept with the maidservant to bear a son through her, despite God's promise. Later, he had a son with Sarah (so God's promise was true). He didn't need to sleep with the maidservant at all. He could've just trusted God. The story made an impression on me but I was reluctant to take it as an "answer" because when I'm waiting for answers, I tend to look for them harder.

THEN on Monday while I was driving in, I turn on 560 AM to hear a sermon on the way in to work, and the pastor is talking about who? Abraham. This time, though, the story was about how God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on the alter. He took Isaac, because he trusted God would raise him from the dead. When Isaac said "father, we have the wood, the fire, but no sacrifice", Abraham said "God will provide one". At the last minute before Abraham killed Isaac (he was about to), God told him to stop, because He was satisfied with his display of trust in Him.


Both of the messages (sunday's and monday's) had the underlying theme of trusting God's promises, and trusting His provision. After hearing the second message, I began to wonder if the messages were supposed to be my answer. This may sound foolish, but whenever God speaks to me through sermons, or through the Bible, it always comes in threes. I was thinking that He was def. speaking to me this time, but wanted to wait for the third occurance.

Meanwhile, i met with Michelle (my immediate supervisor) yesterday. In our meeting, she tells me that Karen (both our supervisors) is willing to work with me for part time work, but working from home is not an option, as she initially told me. Which means Karen changed her mind. No surprise there. I told Michelle right then an there "then there's no way I can come back to work". We do not want to put our son into daycare, and we do not want to burden family with looking after him, so if I worked, the only option for working was from home. Basically, my decision was made for me! I can't do part time, because my wages would only cover daycare. Which makes the whole thing invalid anyway. I was relieved that God closed the door for me, and made it as plain as day by leaving me with no choice.

Last night I was talking with Keith telling him about the Abraham stories, and then the door being closed for part time from home. I said "I suppose God was speaking this to me all along, but I'm surprised it didn't come in threes as it usually does."

This morning, I came into work to find an email from my friend Erin. She and I have been talking a lot about the work situation, because she was recently facing the same delimmas I face now. In the email, she says "I've been thinking about your situation all day, and when I heard a story this weekend it made me think of you..." and she proceeded to tell me a story about Abraham. :) This time, it was about when Abraham and Lot trusted God's power, and prayed for Him to turn from His plans to destroy sodom and gomorrah if there were any righteous living there. The basis of this story is that of praying even when circumstances are bleak, and trusting God will hear you and answer you. She used the story to make another valid point, but the story itself spoke to me of the importance of prayer, as a part of trusting God.

I was read the email and laughed about the sweetness of God's care for me...to give my heart a third confirmation, just because He wanted to reassure me and guide me. :) He is so faithful! in summary, He told me:
  1. I don't need to take matters into my own hands. He made a promise to provide, and He will do so in His timing.
  2. Even when circumstances look impossible, Keith and I need to have Faith in God and His powerful provision that He demonstrated to Abraham through Isaac.
  3. It NEVER, EVER hurts to pray-- God hears the cries of His children. When circumstances look bleak, it's important to have faith, but also to pray.

That's the story about God's faithfulness to hear our prayers, and to answer us. I hope it encourages you too, to know that you are precious enough to Him that He will reach into your life and show Himself to you if you seek Him. We are so thankful for His promises, and for the provision that He has already begun to display.

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Snoogle and 21 week pic


Oh my goodness- Wednesday night was entirely sleepless due to hip pain! Called out of work thursday, napped hard core, bought the snoogle (body pillow sold at babies r us) and slept wonderfully Thurs night!!! I would HIGHLY recommend it! It doesn't take up as much space as I thought it would either!

As a side note to all this snooglicious news, I made a stop in the baby boy clothes section last night while I was there. I had always stopped at the girls (how can you NOT?) but never the boys, and I was surprised by how cute some of the stuff was! I would look at an outfit, and just giggle like an idiot...then I would realize that I was laughing and look around to see if anyone heard me. They had some adorable stuff...a western themed outfit that had little booties that looked like cowboy boots, little fatigue-print sweatpants and matching shirts...a little like men's clothes, just in miniature. It's like playing dolls! I had an armfull of stuff to buy but then put it away, realizing I should wait until post-shower to begin stocking up on what we may need. I then headed over to the bedding section to see the little sailboat print again....laughed out loud again at just how cute it is...then pondered over strollers. I have....NO CLUE....what stroller to pick. I think getting one you can stick the carseat into for the first few months would be practical, but then I didn't know which one went with the carseat that I chose. Ever since the accident, the carseat has been an area of focus for me. Rachel researched them and found out that the Graco Snugride had the highest safety ratings, so that's what we're def. going to go w/. All that to say that I'll get the matching stroller but don't know which one that is. :) I'll have to take Keith back on Saturday, both to help w/ the stroler delimma and to walk through the baby boy clothes and laugh with me. He's never been.

Keith went fishing with his uncle and my dad today, and left for the shore last night, so I had to sleep alone. Up side: plenty of room for my snoogle experimentation stage. Down side: I HATE sleeping alone- I'm used to having him there, and all the little house noises seem louder when he's not. After watching--and crying through-- an episode of Law & Order, my Shelti, Zeke, followed me upstairs and perched himself right by my side of the bed. He must've known I was apprehensive, because he usually vacates to the nearest vent and plops on top of it, so as to be the first recipient (blocker, really) of all the cold air. I was surprised to find that he stayed there by my side all night! After I got settled in the tangled snoogle mess, the baby and I played our first game of "kick for the winning name". I was giving pretty generous pauses after calling him by each name, and he consistently kicked for the second. Did not kick for the first. I do wonder whether that means he liked or disliked it. :) We will get there, and soon you will have a name, peanut.

Well, that's all for today! Back to work! I'd better enjoy it while I can!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Name Game

Today brings us to 21 weeks and 6 days! Keith and I are playing the name game now. We have three names that we both like, but also have reservations about for particular reasons. The meaning of the name is what's important to me, and unfortunately one of my favorite names has a so-so meaning. I truly believe that you live up to your name-- some more than others. I wish this decision was easier to make, but it's just so final! I thought for sure, with the amount of time I've been thinking about it, we would agree on one within the week! So I'm starting to pray that God will tell us what He wants the name to be. Worse comes to worse, we just have to have three boys to use them all up! :) Then, unfortunately, there would be the delimma of which one to use first haha!
We are getting ready to do the nursery! We have paint colors picked out, and Keith will be putting up chair rail! I wish I could actually be a part of the painting, first because I love it, but second because it would give me somewhere to funnel my excitement! Unfortunately they say it's bad, so I will have to busy myself some other way...like by making a magnificently delicious, brand-new-recipe meal for Keith and Mom (my volunteer painters, bless their hearts). The plan is to paint the nursery, then buy the furniture so we have somewhere to put it (yes, it's picked out), then buy the window treatments (prob. wooden blinds or something), then wait to see if we receive bedding, and if not, go get it. :) It's such a fun process!

As for the little guy, he's as active as ever!! He moves a lot!! It's usually during the day that he moves around the most, thank heavens! He takes about 10 minutes to get settled at night and then we'r'e good. Ironically, one of the names we like means "repose/ peaceful"...which seems to be contrary to what I'm experiencing now haha! The other day I took a mild-temperature bath (you're not supposed to make it hot while pregnant) and he went nuts! I dont know if being submerged changes sensations or pressure for him or if things sound different or what, but he was kicking up a storm! It's to the point now where I can watch my belly moving when he kicks. When I got out of the bathtub he started to calm down. If I feel this much movement now, at 22 weeks, how on earth will it feel later!? Maybe when he starts to run out of room it will change.

As far as how I'm feeling, things are still on the up-and-up! I'm feeling pretty good. I'm starting to get back the intense fatigue that hits me midday. On the weekend when I have the freedom to nap it isn't too bad. During the week when I'm at work it's torture! It's worse than any 'after lunch slump' I've ever had, that's for sure. I've heard that from here it only gets worse though.

My nights are a tad bit more restless-- I've been having to change sides frequently because my hips hurt-- so I've been trying to keep myself awake until at least 9:00 PM, hoping I will sleep well once I get there. I think it might be time to invest in a body pillow too; my tummy is starting to feel heavy and unsupported. Keith informed me that he heard of a 'special pillow for pregnant women' on the radio, and he intends to find out what it is. :) So cute. I wonder if he knows that this pillow will invade his space in big ways for the next 4 months!

I've been trying to walk on a daily basis...I dont think it will keep my weight down, by any means, but I'm sure the increased circulation is good for the baby/digestion/sleeping. Yesterday my "walk" was to conquer the grocery store, finally, so that I could get some fresh veggies in my fridge. I was hoping to be able to come home and cut up all my produce, but by the time I got there, unpacked groceries, and cooked dinner, I was absolutely beat. Anyway, back to walking...If I dont go during the day I try to go at night with Keith. I love walking around our neighborhood in the evenings! They're starting to get a bit cooler now, and the sound of the bugs in the trees is so calming. :) The tail end of summer is so bittersweet!

I have to remember to get Keith to take a pregnancy picture tonight. I keep forgetting but I want to make myself do it because I know if I don't I'll regret it later. Fortunately instead of being 3 weeks overdue I'll only be two, with the miscalculation.

Workwise things are well, too. Still kicking around multiple ideas...trying to determine what would be best for our family. Though I really don't want to do it, the option of working part time for THP lingers in the back of my mind...then I scold myself because I'm trying to have faith that at that point I should be getting more business for photography work. I know that God gave me these gifts and talents, and that since I'm trying to put them to use He will honor them. I just have to trust Him to provide. That is so much harder to do when the security of your family is on the line. If anyone reading this has a blog, and you wouldn't mind posting my url on your site to start to have it recognized by search engines, that would be MUCH appreciated!:
http://www.collierimages.com/ .

That's about all I can think of for now...I'll keep the updates coming!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Our Count Was Off!


Baby Collier is a boy!!! The 'equipment' was the first thing we saw when the technician put the wand on my tummy. It looked like he was sitting right on the camera. :) Keith was beaming the whole time, and would let out a little giggle every now and then. When I asked him why he was laughing he would say "I'm just looking at my son!". We called dad while I was still on the ultrasound table to tell him, and he's thrilled! He said "guess we get to go out and buy some boat shoes!" We called mom in Canada and she didn't seem surprised-- said she knew it was a boy but didn't want to say it incase she was wrong.

The technician measured and everything looked like it was progressing just great, only our count was off! I thought I was 21 weeks and 3 days, but I'm actually 20 weeks and 6 days, according to the measurements! She said the due date will stay the same, b/c they only change it if it's more than 4 days. I'm hoping that he will actually come a week earlier than predicted!

We're so thankful and excited for our little boy! Sailboats here we come!!

Friday, August 3, 2007

The 20th Week

I was tempted not to post today. Today is the end of the 20th week. Already! But there's nothing that's new that's going on. It's all pretty much the same. I still feel great; my belly's just getting bigger. I can feel the little peanut wiggling around a lot more often, and it's easier to feel him/her kicking from the outside. Keith felt it last week once or twice. :) it's neat! The more I feel it, the more it sinks in that we're going to be parents! He/she likes to kick at night when I'm settling in for bed. Hope that routine doesn't carry on after birth!! It's strange that I can feel how the baby has grown, too, from it's kicking-- today I felt a quick bump bump in there, but one bump was at one side of my stomach, and the other bump was way over on the other side! The little peanut is growing at an amazing rate!

We're going camping in Canada to visit mom's family this weekend. It should definitely be an interesting experience! The one time I slept in a tent, there was a huge thunderstorm, and I thought I was going to die. :) Hopefully this time around is more pleasant. It will be good to see everyone though-- I'm looking forward to that! I'll prob. take some pictures while camping, to display the 20 week belly.

Hopefully next week (on Wednesday) I'll be able to post whether we're expecting a boy or girl! I'm praying that it's easy to tell the sex right away, and that the 'guess' is accurate to what it is. I hope the baby cooperates! I'll be back Wednesday!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

19 Weeks and 4 Days- Baby and Mom's first interaction

Last night I was craving Ramen noodles for dinner, so I made some and sat down and ate. The baby must've loved it because it kicked so hard I could feel it from the outside for the first time ever! Then later that night, while Keith was taking a shower, I laid down on the bed to wait for him. I pressed on one part of my stomach where I was feeling pressure from the baby, and I guess it annoyed the baby because it kicked back. So I pressed again, only harder, and it kicked back again, and then moved. So I felt around for where it went, and again, pressed where I felt the baby's pressure. It kicked back and then moved away from the front of my stomach, toward my bladder, giving me the urge to pee. Hahaha! It was funny- Baby Collier doesn't like to be poked!! Keith didn't feel it yet but I'm sure that will be coming soon. He hasn't exactly wanted to sit and wait for it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Suzanne Collier Photography

Check out my new photography website!: www.collierimages.com. I've decided to adopt photography as a potential full time gig, so please spread the word to your friends! I do weddings, engagement shoots, senior portraits, family portraits, maternity portraits, parties, etc.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The 19th Week

I'm sorry I skipped a week but all the weeks are starting to feel the same! I'm starting to experience different sensations that come with the baby getting bigger. One of them is not feeling like I have to go to the restroom at all. then the baby repositions and I have a sudden urge to pee. Then it will move again, and I feel fine. :) The baby kicks when I eat-- most noticeably when I eat pop tarts. Sometimes when I lay down at night to go to bed, the baby gets situated and then we go to sleep. Sleep is becoming more difficult-- it's more sporadic. I've been waking up numerous times at night for no reason in particular. I've always read about women having trouble sleeping while pregnant but never thought I'd have to deal with it because I manage to tire myself out during the day. Guess I was wrong! I've also been having lower abdomen cramping, which they call round ligament pain. Basically the ligaments that hold your growing uterus are stretching to accommodate the new growth, and it makes you sore in your lower abdomen. That isn't constant though-- it comes and goes.

I haven't had that many strange cravings but last week I ate taco bell two days in a row. :) Sad part is I could def. eat it again today...my vote is when you're willing to drive a half hour to get it, it's a craving.

Our 20 week ultrasound is coming up!!! August 8th we get to find out if we're having a boy or girl. Everyone is saying girl! Even my dad changed his opinion from boy to girl. At first I thought for sure it would be a boy, but now I'm not so sure. In the beginning I had a dream that I gave birth to a boy, but just last week I had a dream that I gave birth to a girl, when everyone thought it was going to be a boy! I am praying that when we go get the ultrasound done, the baby is positioned really well for us to tell!

That's about all for this week!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The 17th Week

Today I'm 16 weeks and 5 days pregnant. On Saturday I'll be at the 17 week mark! We went to the doctor's last night for our monthly checkup and everything looked great! They found the heartbeat with the doppler right away. We heard the heartbeat and then static. The doc said that's the baby moving around as a reaction to the noise from the doppler. :) The nurse was shocked when I told her that I've been feeling the baby move since 14 weeks! She said either I'm gonna have an active one or I'm really in tune with my body. Hearing "active" kindof scares me. :/ The doctor also told me that my constant foreverheadache might go away if i start to 'graze' instead of eating three large meals per day. So today I went to the grocery store and got a veggie tray. I'm hoping that helps me graze. I need to better plan out snacks because I can tell already that the brocolli is going to get old fast. Also (and I write this more for my purpose than your curiosity) I've only gained 3 pounds so far, since the beginning! YAY! I hope it continues to climb gradually. I do need to get my act together about what I'm eating though. During vacation last week I was eating TERRIBLY! The pregnancy has been fun though- especially lately. I can feel the baby move a lot during the day now! It's so cool, and it's so reassuring to know that it's doing well.
I'm going to leave now- have to go schedule my 20 week ultrasound!!! :)

Monday, July 9, 2007

Catching Up- the 16th Week!




During week 16 we were on vacation down the shore. It was SO NICE to get away for a while! I know the baby is growing because each morning I've woken up to feel like my tummy was stretched while I was sleeping! It's only a matter of time until the tummy pops for real and the baby makes a vivid appearance to the rest of the world! And enough of this "it" and "the baby" stuff-- I want to say 'he' or 'she' and pick out a name for him/her. I'm actually in my 17th week now, so 3 weeks from Saturday we will be in the clear for the 20 week ultrasound-- the one that tells you the sex.
The baby should be about 6 inches long now, from head to feet, and can supposedly hear what's going on 'outside'. They say that if you sing to the baby while it's in the womb it will recognize the song when it's born. I have to pick a song.
At the shore, Linds told me she wants to be called Chouchi (Polish) Le-le. It's perfect for her. :) Ashley (the youngest) said she's excited to babysit and retire from the position of 'baby of the family'. Kristi is excited in general, and when my dad talked about buying little baby crocs, she said "over my dead body" and suggested baby Uggs, instead, for a girl.
I'll post one picture now, from this past week, and another picture when I get them uploaded. Here is Baby Collier at 15.5 weeks.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Here are the Pictures from telling the Colliers about the Baby


Week 15- POP!

It's day 3 of week 15 and I think i'm starting to pop! Or at least grow. I hear the true pop comes at 20 weeks. But I'm definitely noticeably bigger. I know, I know, pictures. I promised. Saturday. I am putting it off yet again. I also have to stop being lazy and scan in my ultrasound pictures from last time. Maybe I'll do it during Vacation next week. YAY I can't wait! 9 whole days down the shore! We're in dire need of this time away!
I went to Old Navy last night to gather some 'unmentionables' and felt the baby kicking. This time it was more distinct. So much fun! Otherwise, baby's good! We need some sleep, for sure, as we've been lacking, but we can take care of that!

Friday, June 22, 2007

14 Weeks in Counting!

Today marks 14 weeks of pregnancy! Crazy how time flies! I know I promised pictures this week, but I won't be able to post them until next week. Keith, mom, and I went for an ultrasound on Tuesday of this week (which would've made the baby 13 weeks and 3 days old). It was scheduled because when we went to our monthly appointment, they couldn't find a heartbeat with the doppler. The ultrasound showed that everything is fine, though, and the baby is active as ever! It's amazing how much the baby has grown since the last ultrasound! It's now about 3.5 inches long, so the picture was much more clear (for an ultrasound anyway) and we got to see little legs and toes! We also saw a profile of the baby's face. It's little nose is so cute! One of our ultrasound pictures shows the baby sucking it's thumb. Those pictures will be posted next week as well. I don't have them because Mom took them home with her to show Dad.
I'm so glad the weekend is here! Time to relax!!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Nursery




I found two really cute nursery themes! For a boy, it's sailboats. For a girl, it's ladybugs and flowers. I'll put the pictures in here, but unfortunately the girl's theme is really hard to see in the picture-- it doesn't do it any justice. It's REALLY cute when you see it in person. Also, the parts of the girl theme that appear 'yellow-ish' are really sage green. Again, bad picture. Now we just need to find out the sex and we're good to go!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Week 13

As of this coming Saturday, I'm officially out of my first trimester! WOW that FLEW!!! I'm not feeling a ton different yet but I'm told that will come. I felt the baby kick today! It was strange- just felt like a little pop. When I felt it I looked around at the people who sit by me (as if they could feel it too) and laughed :). I can't wait until it's a regular occurance! I'm sure I may change my tune later on when it decides to kick me in the ribs. All is well though-- we have another ultrasound within the next week. I'll post pictures. I think I"m going to hold off on the belly pictures until next saturday (week 14) so that you can notice the change. We're definitely growing but to some still don't look pregnant. Apparently that doesn't come until week 20. Keith and I have been battling over names this whole time. I think he wants to wait until we find out the sex so as to cut the work in half. I'd like to come up with some now though! It's more fun that way! We decided to keep the name a secret, though. When you talk about name ideas with people before the child is born, you may feel dejected because people express their distaste about a name you love. Once the child is born, they really can't say anything without being extremely rude. :) And we would like to add an element of surprise: if we're going to tell what sex it is, we can keep the name as a secret.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Little Bit-o-belleh: Week 11


By Saturday I will officially be 11 weeks. I can't believe the first trimester is almost over already! That flew! I'm getting a little bit of belly- just enough for me to notice, and for my pants not to fit. I've borrowed maternity clothes from numerous sources, though buying a wardrobe of my own is tempting...

There are no new updates on the symptom front this week, except for 3/4 dizzy spells. Other than that I've been pretty even-keel. From what I've heard, it will only get easier in the second trimester. Can't wait to find out the sex so I can start picking out adorable baby clothes, and find a nursery theme!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The 10th Week


Tomorrow marks 10 weeks! This week has been fine-- I've had the usual fatigue and headaches. I'm looking for the supposedly symptomless second trimester. Can't wait until I dont have to take naps in my car anymore! The weekend with the shirts was a big hit-- really fun to watch people figure out. :) Now all of the family knows-- we're excited to have their support through this time! My dad has booked vacation for when the baby comes.


We went for our first ultrasound this week! It was so exciting! We saw the heart beating, and the baby was dancing around! It must have some Strenk in it's blood! Dancing before it can walk! Everything looks good, and after measurements, they determined that the initial due date is right on target- December 24th exactly!

I can't believe the time has flown by so far! I'm almost 10 weeks...only 3 more weeks and I can tell my boss and friends at work! On another note, I'm starting to pooch out already...I've been wearing my pants unbuttoned. Soon I will have to bite the bullet and buy some maternity pants. I've already borrowed maternity jeans-- mine don't fit around the waist.

We're praying for our peanut every day-- for good health and strong growth. :) Grandmom/Mom-mom (whatever she decides to be called) said : Praying for my little grandchild…being filled with the Spirit in the womb….loving Jesus with all his little heart as a child….


Right now, here is what "they" say about the baby's development:

Although the baby is still very small, it is beginning to look more like a human being. Your baby's back is straightening out and the tail is shrinking. In proportion to the rest of his body, the head is large and remains curved forwards onto the chest. The head is erect and the neck is developing well. Even though your baby's eyes are well developed, they are covered by a membrane lid. The eyes will not begin to open and close for quite some time still. Your baby will begin to make tiny movements as the muscles start to develop. You will not be able to feel any of these early movements, but you might be able to see them during an ultrasound. The arms and hands are progressing faster than the legs and feet at this point. By this time of your baby's development, the hands have defined finger ridges and the tissue between them will die off to leave separate fingers. It is impossible to distinguish a male from a female at this time because external genitalia look very similar at this point.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Ninth Week- First Appointment



I feel a bit less anxious now. I had my first OBGYN appointment yesterday for the pregnancy, and everything looks good.

If you're interested, this is what happened. If you're not, skip this paragraph! :) In the beginning, the nurse asked me if I wanted to do certain tests for diseases (in myself) because if I was positive for them, they would harm the baby. Most of them were STD's, so if only have one partner, thy're not necessary. When the doctor came in, she started off by asking me about family history of high blood pressure, ovarian/breast cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and diabetes. She then asked how I've been feeling, and what symptoms I've had. She did an exterior exam (just felt my belly) and when I asked her what that would show her, said that if I had a cyst, or if a bowel was inflamed, she would be able to feel it from the outside. She then did an internal exam just to make sure my uterus is enlarged (indicating that the pregnancy is progressing). Mine was definitely enlarged, she said. She gave me a list of foods I can't eat: lunchmeat only once a week, no fish, shellfish only once a week, no hotdogs, no caffeine. She also said if i have a cat, not to change the litter box, and if I garden, to wear gloves-this is in order to prevent toxemia. One of my questions was about prenatal vitamins: I've been taking CVS brand and wanted to know if they were sufficient. She prescribed me a different one-- this one has a particular fatty acid in it that helps with brain development. The fatty acid would come from fish, but since I can't eat it I won't get it. I asked her about the possibility of twins, as they run in the family, and she said that the ultrasound will either confirm or deny whether there is more than one. She told me about exercise; if I've been exercising it's ok to continue (walking/running/non-strenuous). The goal is not to overheat, so if I feel myself getting really hot or really tired, stop. No hottubs is another rule; also because of overheating. Last but not least, the due date is December 24th. Depending on the measurement of the baby at the ultrasound, it could be earlier or later. As of right now, though, Christmas Eve it is! So that was it! It was short and sweet!

This weekend we are going to tell Keith's family about the pregnancy. We made Spencer, Wesley, and Brandon (brothers-in-law) shirts that say "say uncle" on them, and are going to have them wear the shirts around until people start to get the hint. If it takes too long, and no one catches on, we'll just blurt it out. I can't wait! Telling people is the fun part. :) Our first ultrasound is Tuesday May 22. We can't wait! After that, we're going to tell my mom and dad's sides of the family. Dad told me he already 'slipped up' to Uncle Dennis yesterday. Hopefully he doesn't tell! So excited for the ultrasound! Can't wait to see our little peanut!! Or peanuts??

This week has been pretty easy, except for the fatigue. I spend most of the days tired, and have been way too busy to go home and nap. Last night I had a ton to do and laid down for a nap at 7:30. I slept the whole night through. It was wonderful! I feel refreshed today, but surprisingly I'm still getting tired now and then. Tomorrow marks the end of the ninth week and start of the 10th! These weeks are just flying by! Tune in next week for ultrasound pix of baby Collier!

Friday, May 4, 2007

Cute Conversation

My dad called last night and the conversation went like this:
D: Hey! How's my pregnant daughter doing? How are you feeling?
S: I'm feeling good. I've been getting headaches but that's about it.
D: Yeah you're going to go through so many changes you won't believe it!
S: That's what I've heard!
D: *chuckle* so I heard you went to the doctors and they confirmed the pregnancy?
S: I got my blood drawn and the test was positive but haven't been to the gyno yet. Won't go until may 23.
D: Oh ok. I wish it was here now.
S: What? The baby or the doctor's appointment?
D: The baby!!! I could take him fishing!
S: *laughing* Oh ok. He'll be here sooner than you think!
D: Yeah i know. Well I love you, just wanted to check on you.
S: ok, love you, bye *hang up*
*dad calls back*
D: I forgot to ask- can i tell people now?
S: Nope, not yet. We want to wait until 12 weeks.
D: How far along are you now?
S: 7 week.s
D: You're going to make me wait four weeks!? Why?
S: because that's when we're out of the woods. Maybe i'll only make you wait three, but i'll let you know when you can tell people.
D: *sigh*ok
HAHA! TOO CUTE!!! So to our little angel, when you read this, you'll see that your Poppy is really excited for you to come into the world!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

7 Weeks

Today is Wednesday May 2nd-- the middle of my 7th week. I've still been feeling pretty good! I had a migraine on Monday, but haven't gotten a headache since. I get tired midday, but that's hard to distinguish from your average after lunch fatigue. When I'm tired in the morning (10Am-ish) I know it's from the pregnancy. No morning sickness! HOORAY! I would love for things to stay that way! A little bit of moodiness but nothing I can't control. I've been going for 10 minute walks in the afternoons, just to get some fresh air and change up the routine a little bit. The weather has been amazing!

The baby's heart is now beating, and it's still the size of a bean. This week, the facial features are starting to form, and the organs are continuing formation. Arms and legs are beginning to form as well.

I was just marking the weeks of my pregnancy on my calendar; I'll start to show by July. I'm glad the pleasant part of my pregnancy will be during the summer! It's my favorite time of year! Fortunately, as I get bigger, the weather will be colder, and thus more comfortable to the pregnant body. I'm going to the shore this weekend to read and relax on the beach while Keith and Dad put the boat in. I'm really looking forward to it! Keith is still excited about the baby. Every day, when he comes home, he asks how his babies are doing. :) We pray, every morning, that the pregnancy will be problem-free, and the baby will grow healthy and strong.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Six Weeks!

It's Monday April 23rd, and I'm going into my sixth week. Last week was considerably good! I'd have mild discomforts here and there, such as indigestion, headaches, or constipation, but haven't had any nausea. I can just tell that I'm pregnant, and in many ways, that is reassuring. My first doctor's appointment is scheduled for May 23. By that point, I will be in my 10th week. I think they don't perform the first untrasound until 12 weeks. We told mom and dad the news yesterday. I gave mom her bottle and "I love Grandma" bib and put dad's in a spot where he would be sure to find it. Sure enough, he found it, and we heard him yell from the other room "OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH! You're pregnant?!?". It was pretty funny. He's looking forward to the baby coming, and was already talking about putting a swingset in his yard. Mom was excited too-- she thinks Christmas is the perfect time to welcome a baby into the world. :) She said "would it be cool to have twins?", to which I replied "do you have an open schedule for the next couple of years"? I guess it would be cool in some ways, but it would definitely be a handful!

This is what the web has to say about the little angel this week:

Fetal Development: This week of
pregnancy your baby is about ¼ of an inch in length (always measured crown-to-rump) and triples in size this week! Your baby is now starting to show recognizable physical features and is completely enclosed in the amniotic sac.
Your baby’s brain is growing and developing distinct regions and his or her eyes and ears are beginning to form. Limb buds can also be seen at this point. Your baby’s heart is now beating, which can be seen on ultrasound.
Changes in You:Your uterus is growing larger and some women (especially women who have had previous pregnancies) notice their
clothes getting a bit tighter around the waist this week. But if this is your first pregnancy, your abdomen might not have changed much. You might have gained a few pounds by now, or even possibly lost weight if you’ve been nauseated & not eating well (or keeping food down well).This week tends to bring on more nausea. Certain smells can make you queasy, so try to avoid foods or smells that seem to aggravate your nausea. Also, drink plenty of fluids and get an adequate amount of rest to help combat nausea. Another thing that really seems to help is avoid having your stomach completely empty or completely full, either can make nausea worse.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Due Date Calculation

The Estimated Conception Date of our little peanut is March 31, 2007.
The end of the first trimester will be Saturday June 9, 2007.
The end of the second trimester will be Saturday September 22, 2007.
The estimated due date is Saturday December 24, 2007!!
A Christmas baby!!!