Wednesday, April 21, 2010

That tricky baby of ours...

Today we are 12 weeks along! I can’t believe how this time has flown. I can remember when we first found out, (3-4 weeks) and I thought this milestone would never come.

We had another midwives appointment today. Since Cason and I carpool to work, it makes it really easy to go to the appointments together, and I just love having him there. We met another midwife today, Titi Otunla, and she is just as amazing as the other ones we’ve met. She introduced herself and went through my chart and all the tests that were run last appt. Praise the Lord, everything came back “negative.” I have gained six pounds already, but they told me I might since I have a small frame/had just finished marathon training and I didn’t have any morning sickness.

We got to the part of the appointment we’d both been waiting for. “Alright, let’s hear that heartbeat,” she said, in her warm, British accent. She got the little machine and the jelly out and started rubbing on my belly. It was taking her awhile to find it. She said it might be hard because I had pretty tight stomach muscles. (Seriously? Surely you and I aren’t talking about the same belly!) She kept trying different places and I got more and more nervous.

Prayers were racing through my head. “God please help us hear our baby!” as well as prayers of “Your will be done!” We have prayed for this baby and done the best job we can of holding on to it with open hands, as stewards, because we know this child is the Lord’s. Titi decided we’d do an ultrasound again to find the baby’s location and then try to hear the heartbeat. She stepped out of the room to get the machine. Cason held my hand and said everything was fine, and if it wasn’t, we were going to be okay.

Titi came back in with the machine. I was pretty excited to get a “bonus” ultrasound, and I hoped it yielded the results we were looking for. There it was! It looked so big this time compared to last (peach vs. olive) and there was that tiny heartbeat flickering. Praise. The. Lord. She turned off the machine – oh how I wanted to watch it (moving slightly around) for just a few more seconds! She got out the Doppler again. She moved it around on the spot where the ultrasound had picked it up, and “There it is.” Cason had the iphones ready to record what we had been waiting so long to hear – the heartbeat of our baby. She said it sounded really strong and really good.

So, we decided tricky Baby W wanted to be seen and heard at this appointment. Typical firstborn – I guess it takes one to know one. :)

(BK and Sarah – we would have a tricky baby, wouldn’t we?)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Overambitious about vocabulary? Maybe.

So, in mid February I was at Half Price Books raiding the children’s section for Thomas and Friends books for Micah Saxe’s 2nd birthday party. I came across a book from my childhood that I just had to have. I didn’t know I was pregnant at the time, so I didn’t really have an excuse, but it’s kinda fun to think back and know that there was already a little life growing inside of me when I decided to buy this book. It’s one of my absolute favorites. I’ve always been complimented on, wait, more like made fun of for my large vocabulary, and I think it started with this book.

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever

Each page is super detailed and everything is labeled. I mean, everything. It makes overstimulation so much fun, and I could look at that book for hours. It has so much practical information – what’s on a farm, what’s in a supermarket, what’s in a class room. It has blue paint and yellow paint that mixes together to make the (labeled) green paint.

I’ve always loved reading, and I credit my parents and grandparents (not one but two librarian grandmothers) for instilling this in me so early. Let’s hope Baby W (who is now the size of a plum, almost a peach!!) loves books – he/she will if his dad and I have anything to do with it!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Yep, we're having a baby!

Well we are just thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first baby on November 3!! We are in our 11th week of pregnancy, and we thought it was about time to make it public!

The test:
We had decided to start this journey of pursuing a family after the marathon. I was very out of sorts for most of February, and pretty grouchy. Cason was just hoping I was pregnant and someone hadn't replaced his usually cheerful wife with someone so emotional and testy! I also experienced the weird heightened sense of smell that can accompany pregnancy. When it was time to take the test, we pulled out a couple tests our sweet friends the Kisers passed along to us in December when they told us that they were pregnant. They certainly didn't need the tests anymore! Chris announced their pregnancy to the guys' accountability group by giving him these:

Lo, and behold, this is what we got:

Telling our family:
We were thrilled with the timing! We took the test the Thursday before we went to Waco to see Miss Julianne in All-University Sing. We couldn't believe our luck - both sets of our parents were coming to the show, along with Gran and Granpa and Linnet. This was a perfect time to make our announcement, even though we were only 4 1/2 weeks along. We went to Texas Roadhouse before the show. We stole this idea from our friends the Guinns, but right before they brought our food, Cason got up to take a picture of the table. "Cason, we can get the waitress to do it," my dad said, but we insisted that Cason take the picture. We got posed, and then Cason said, okay "1-2-3 Allison's pregnant!" We were hoping to get faces of shock and surprise, but instead we got some faces of confusion as they weren't quite sure if Cason was joking. Imagine that! So the sequence of photos was as follows (unfortunately Linnet got cut off since Cason was just too close to the table.)

Soon after we called Grandma Carole and our sisters who couldn't be there too. They were thrilled. We have proceeded to tell a few friends here and there, and Cason was definitely way better at keeping this secret than I! It was also fun to find out that my Baylor friend Andi and I have the same due date!!

The first appointment:
We have chosen to deliver with the midwives at St. Luke's/Texas Children's Hospital. For our personal preference and situation, we feel this is the best of both worlds. We have some friends who have had a great experience with the midwives. They approach birth as a natural process that the woman's body is equipped to handle, and a midwife will coach me through, start to finish, helping me move into various laboring positions. The other great part is that we will be in one of the best children's hospital in the world, should we need a doctor's intervention. We went to an orientation a couple weeks before our first appointment, and we fell in love with the practice. Our first appointment with Dawn confirmed our decision. She spent two hours with us, answering questions and sharing so much information with us. We got to see the baby for the first time on the ultrasound, along with the fluttering heartbeat! This was a big step for us, and Cason especially - I know it's hard on the dads - they can't feel or see anything at the beginning, so to have a visual confirmation of the little baby is a big deal. Dawn stepped out of the room for a minute, and Cason stood up, kissed me with tears in his eyes and said "We're having a baby!" Dawn was very complimentary of lots of things I didn't know/couldn't see - she complimented my yolk sac (what nourishes the baby before the placenta forms,) forming placenta, and she said I have a "perfect pelvis" for delivery. Who knew! Here is our sweet baby at the time of the appointment - 8 weeks along. At this point it was just the size of a raspberry.

Cason and I went grocery shopping tonight, and since our "What to Expect" app keeps us up to date on the baby's growth, he held up a lime to his tummy. I thought it was too cute to not take a picture. As far as how I'm feeling, well, I am eating all the time, and it doesn't take much to make me tired. Thankfully, no major morning sickness plagued me during the first trimester, and we are only a week and a half away from starting the second! My pants are starting to be difficult to button, too - that baby is growing!

We appreciate prayers and support as we prepare to become parents - emotionally, financially and spiritually. Check back in for more updates on Baby W, and we'll still blog about other things too. :)