Saturday, October 29, 2011

20 weeks!!!!!!!! Half way there!

How far along:  20 WEEKS
How big is baby:   a little over 6.5" from crown to rump!!  Next week he's measured head to toe :)  And about 10.5 oz :)
Maternity clothes:  I bought more maternity clothes yesterday!!! Loved it.
Sleep:  Still not sleeping well... I'm thinking it's a combo of Caleb getting up in the middle of the night and me waking up to pee and flopping from side to side because I'm uncomfortable. 
Best moment of the week:  It's been a good week, just having fun with Caleb & hitting 20 weeks is amazing.
Food cravings:  I kinda wanted some candy yesterday... SHOCKER I know lol
Food aversions:  Nothing too bad this week.
Symptoms:  Still nauseous... I've got >= 20 weeks to go. lol
Movement:  Lots of little bumps and kicks at night... and whenever I slow down or sit down now!
What I’m looking forward to: Ashley having her baby !!! Any day now!!
What I miss:  ehh. 
Next appt:  Middle of November some time. 

Seriously, 20 weeks pregnant feels like a huge and amazing milestone.  The next milestone I am anxiously looking forward to is 28 weeks, and viability day.   I cannot believe I am officially halfway (or more or less lol) through my pregnancy.   This is unbelievable. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

19 weeks!!

How far along:  19 weeks today
How big is baby:   a little over 6" from crown to rump!!  And about 9oz in weight :)
Maternity clothes:  I definitely need a better maternity clothes wardrobe.
Sleep:  Not so great... back hurts, need a big body pillow... and now Caleb up through the night :P
Best moment of the week:  Feeling baby kick.  And Caleb here bonding with Jack and I.
Food cravings:  None.
Food aversions:  Junk food.
Symptoms:  I have thrown up every day since last Saturday :P  Also going pee a lot.  And just an all over heavy feeling in my uterus.
Movement:  Lots of little bumps and kicks at night.
What I’m looking forward to: feeling bigger kicks and Caleb getting more settled... and my best friend having her baby... hopefully some time this week!! 
What I miss:  ehh. 
Next appt:  Middle of November some time.

Friday, October 21, 2011

First day with Foster Son

First day home with C went really well. 

Jack and I drove separately to a park and ride to drop off his truck so that it would be easier for him to leave for work after picking C up.  We rode together the next 35 minutes of the trip, and then we were early.  About 30 minutes early. Naturally lol.

We got some breakfast and waited... and waited.  C's caregiver got there right on time and again, our placement worker was almost 20 minutes late... better than the 45 minutes late she was earlier this week... but hey... apparently she didn't learn the traffic the first time.  *shrugs*  No biggie, just made for an awkward 20 minutes as we sat with C and care giver. 

Jack was excited to meet C for the first time and enjoyed playing with him at the meeting place.

Finally it was time to go and Jack carried C's things out to the truck and I carried Caleb.  It was only slighty tearful goodbye and then C settled right in to our car seat that we had waiting for him.  I gave him a snack of cheerios and a sippy cup of water and we headed home.   He fell asleep probably 5-10 minutes before we got to the park and ride where Jack left us and went to work and I headed home.  He slept the rest of the way home. 

I couldn't decide what to do with him when I got home.  I wanted to give him a bath and change his clothes and get him settled in, but I didn't want to wake him up.  This kid needed a nap.  So I sat in my truck for a few minutes and finally ended up deciding to take him inside and if he woke up I'd give him a nap.  He woke up, so in to the house we went and into the bath we went.  It took some coaxing, but he wanted to get in the tub once he saw that he could throw all the foam letters into the water and his rubber ducky.

After bath it was lunch time and I made him grilled cheese and gave him some prunes.  (Hey, odd combo but it was all I had so that's what he got lol.)  and he loved the prunes.

After lunch, I was hoping he would be sleepy and want to take a nap... but instead he spent literally 4 hours exploring his bedroom while I laid on his bed waiting for him to settle down... nope didn't happen.  So I changed his clothes (again lol) because he had spilled water all down the front of himself.  I thought we would be able to grocery shop and then I gave him a snack and he fell asleep in his high chair eating his snack lol. 

Little man slept for 2 1/2 hours and I took the time to clean up the Tornado that he had ripped through the house haha.  I started dinner and waited for Jack to get home from the grocery store.  (I sent him at this point since C was still sleeping.) 

Dinner was ready and on the table as Jack was coming through the door.  Turns out C doesn't like homemade mac n cheese haha... I'm pretty sure not many kids taste that and the mac and cheese they are used to comes from a box.   Well not in this house ;)  He LOVED the green beans though, he ended up asking for more green beans 3 times! He ate a plate full of beans haha.

After dinner we had to do another bath and this time Jack got to help.  This was Jack's first time giving a kid a bath ever... then followed by first time changing a diaper (well putting a clean one on after bath) and getting a kid dressed.  It was pretty funny watching him learn how to do it.  I forgot how weird it is the first time you do that.  I was probably 8 or so the first time I changed a diaper and got a little kid dressed, maybe younger.  I don't even know!!

Then Caleb was pretty sleepy so we attempted to get him into bed.. that didn't go quite so well and we tried to take turns rocking him to see if that would get him to fall asleep... he definitely preferred me over Jack at that point.  We did our best and I ended up just settling with me laying down in his bed with him until he fell asleep.  I think I finally crawled in to bed around 10:30pm.  And Caleb slept through the night! 

I got up at about 7 and went down stairs with the monitor.  He slept for another 25-30 minutes and then I went up and got him.  Changed diaper and then went down for breakfast of bananas and oatmeal with raisins.  Oatmeal = messiest breakfast I could have ever picked. 

During breakfast my morning sickness had me in the bathroom... only took a few minutes and then I was back at it.  It was great that he was contained in his high chair so I could throw up in peace haha. 

After breakfast clean up we went upstairs and changed into today's adorable outfit.  I love dressing this little man.  He's just much smaller than I thought he would be so a lot of his clothes are a little too big.  He's in 18 month tops and wears 24 month bottoms but they are a bit too long. 

He's been playing with Dixie all morning... which Dixie is just still SO excited about him that she plays a little too rough.  And of course, Dixie's tail is perfect height to whack C right in the face/head.  He doesn't seem to mind though and runs circles around the house while Dixie chases him. 

I'm hoping that his caregiver was telling the truth when she said he takes a morning nap but I'm not entirely sure that's true :P  I know he needs a schedule and I'm working on it, but hey I've now had him officially 24 hours.  and 23ish hours in the house.  So... I'm doing good so far I think.  I am most glad that he slept all the way through his first night!

This post is probably choppy but it has been interrupted just about at every paragraph with me getting up and running after him to see what he's in to or discipline the dog for taking his toys or pacifier.  (He calls it a binky.)  So I apologize for that... and maybe after bed time today if I am not dead tired I can do a better update. 

I think I have a couple pictures that I might be able to share because they don't show his face at all, I'll have to look through what I have and see what would be okay.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Meeting Caleb & Doctor's Appointment.

Yesterday I woke up early and got ready to go meet Caleb. 

Threw up my frosted mini wheats while brushing my teeth.

Got to the meeting place a half hour early... and if you know me at all, that is not even remotely surprising.

I went inside about 10 minutes early, looked around for anyone who was official looking... I was meeting my Bethany worker there too... or any ladies with a 2 year old boy.

I waited... and waited... And played hanging with friends... which reminds me, I probably have words to solve right now... and waited...

Finally this woman walks in with this little boy in her arms.  I stood up and introduced myself. 

We sat down and visited.  I met little Caleb.  Fell in love immediately.

The visit went really well... except that the caseworker didn't show up for a good 40 minutes.  >:/ fail. 

When the worker finally got there, she asked what we had covered.  We covered schedule, habits, likes and dislikes, how far along in potty training, sizes, really everything I could think of. 

Then caseworker dropped the bomb... so how does Thursday work?  Can we meet in the same spot about the same time?  Okay? Good, alright well we will see you then.

Caleb left with his caregiver & caseworker and I sat and talked some more.

She said I would have some paperwork that I would need to fill out.

But Thursday I will officially be his caregiver. 

After that, I drove back home... but before I got there, I knew that I had some stuff to do and shopping that I could get done.  I facebook stalked my friend who was in town from Japan that I haven't seen in months (maybe longer I don't even remember!!) and we went shopping.  She had stuff she needed to do and get for her sister's wedding that is on Saturday and I had lots of Caleb shopping to do.

We went to Babies 'R' Us and I did some damage.  Fabulous.  Also went to Costco to get diapers and wipes.  I can't even describe what a crazy feeling it is to be pushing a cart around full of baby stuff... and DIAPERS.  CRAZY.

I wish that I had my cloth diaper stash already... because it bothers me how much disposables cost... but hey... I can work on that.  Plus he's potty training, right?  Hopefully that will only take a few months at most... so maybe I will only have needed to buy the one pack of diapers?  Who knows.  I know nothing about potty training... but I definitely wish I could be cloth diapering right now too.

I bought a bunch of clothes for little Caleb and I'm super excited to go shopping for some more.  I think I want to hit up Children's Place (or whatever it's called) and maybe Gymboree and maybe Old Navy or something.  I want to get some stuff. 

He needs shoes and a winter coat.  And stuff like that.  Mittens and stuff.

I probably should be getting toys and stuff too but that stuff is expensive so a little at a time will do it!

So after all the shopping and lunch with my friend, I had to go to my OB appointment.  My OB appointment was pretty anticlimactic mostly because I have my own Doppler... and can listen to the baby's heart beat any time I want.  Basically we just heard the heart beat, told my doctor that we are getting this 2 year old foster placement and he said whoa it's just raining babies all over you guys! haha.  Other than that... pretty non eventful... said I should be feeling movement daily pretty soon.  So that was about it on that.

Jack and I went to the chiropractor (who for some reason still insists that we name our unborn child Gus... um no lol)  and both of us got adjusted and then we drove home forgetting that we left Jack's truck at the doctor's office which made us double back and head to the doctor's office again.  We decided to stop at this amazing place to get dinner (Gregg's.. mmmmm)  I had chicken ceasar salad and Jack had pizza.  I barely ate any of my salad and Jack took it home and ate the rest later.  It was still super tasty though, I was just full. 

Jack and I got home and the power was out... which is surprising that it hasn't happened more times this year because it goes out a lot here... but there was still about an hour left of daylight so Jack went out and chopped leaves on the lawn mower and I went inside to put together the high chair for Caleb.  By the way, I love the high chair more in my kitchen at the table than I did in the store!!  Yayyy.

Then MIL called... we chatted about 2 year olds... then I was exhausted and I went to sleep.

Woke up this morning running to the bathroom again... so I suppose the morning sickness is back... but at least it happens before 8am... so hopefully all the throwing up will happen before Caleb wakes up and gets out of bed for the day! 

We still need a few more things for him, but I think we should be good for a little while.  I would like to get him his own blanket set and stuff to make his room a little more boy friendly and less institutional and plain. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

This is a big week... Baby & Caleb

This is a pretty big week over all.

On Monday morning, I am meeting with Caleb and his caregiver and also my Bethany Caseworker.  I get to meet Caleb face to face and get to ask all sorts of questions to get to know him and get an idea of how to prepare for him better and how to make him living here much more successful.

I'm trying to write down a list of questions so that all I have to do is write in the answers and it will be organized for when I get home or when I need to reference it for his care.

Things on the list include:  clothing size, diaper size, what kind of bed is he sleeping in now (crib or bed), any information on potty training, what kind of clothing/toys/stuff is he coming with, what is his schedule like, what foods does he like/dislike, what things does he like/dislike, allergies, medical history, etc.

As far as Caleb goes, we are realizing more and more how much time this will take up with the first several weeks to months with him bonding with us.  Typical parents begin bonding with their children during pregnancy and right from birth... Caleb will meet me for the first time tomorrow, and I have to form a bond with him so that he knows that he can trust me and that he is safe with me.  We are figuring things out and changing plans as we need to, in order to be able to stay at home and make sure that critical bonding time happens. 

We also installed his car seat in my Durango today just in case he might be coming home with me tomorrow, so that way we will be all set up and ready for him.  I'm hoping that it will be Tuesday that he comes here or after because that will give me some time to shop and have some clothes ready and things like that for him when he comes instead of having to scramble and figure all of those things out after he gets here. 

I sure like the way it looks in my Durango with a child seat :)

After my meeting with Caleb, I will have some time to go shopping before my doctor's appointment which got bumped from last week to tomorrow.  I am excited though, because I will have my appointment with my Doctor instead of another doctor in the practice.  Jack is meeting me at the doctor's office for my appointment this time.

For this appointment, I will also be bringing a pad of paper because I have a list of questions that I'm curious to ask about labor and delivery since this hasn't be discussed yet.  I know this is early, but if I am unhappy with something or find something to be unacceptable (I have no idea what I would find unacceptable... but just in case) I would like to have some time to find another hospital or doctor that more closely fits my needs/wants during delivery. 

Mostly though, I'm just curious what my doctor's practices are and what the hospitals practices are.

Then this week will be filled with the whirl-wind of stuff with getting prepared for Caleb's transition to our house and getting everything set up and ready for it.  Things like if he's sleeping in a crib, then we need to lower the crib down since it is now set up for an infant and not a toddler.  Other things like if he's sleeping in a bed, we need to get a sheet and blanket set for him.  

We have lots of stuff going on around the house too as far as getting ready for winter goes.  Jack is still plowing through our wood pile... I'm REALLY hoping that we can hold off for a little while longer to not have to start burning, but if we get Caleb here it might be sooner rather than later that we start burning.  I think we started right about this time or a few weeks later last year... and last year we were COLD.... But we were waiting to buy and install the boiler and all that jazz and we were so happy and thrilled with the heat once we finally got it all in place :) 

Jack has spent the whole day working on stuff outside.  My mom came over this morning to help me clean out a couple things, she scrubbed the cupboards with me in the kitchen and helped me scrub my bathrooms out.  Jack moved the second twin sized bed out of the bedroom upstairs and into the storage room in the basement. 

For the most part, our house is basically clean!!

I still have a bit of stuff to organize like my sewing area... and I'm not sure when I'm going to go near that again... but I suppose I'll have to put stuff away and out of the reach of a two year old.  I'm also going to need to install the gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.  I'm kind of thinking that we might just put a gate on his bedroom ... but I'm not sure yet.  Depends. 

I'm really excited for everything we have going on.

I hope everything goes really smoothly and that Caleb has no problems transitioning.  So your prayers as we go through this first placement are truly coveted!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Caleb update

Things have been a little bit of a roller coaster when it comes to whether or not Caleb is going to come to stay with us. 

At this point, it looks as though he IS going to come now, but I can't be sure yet.  I don't know when he will be coming.

This is such new territory for me with having an experience that I can't share fully, so I'm being very careful about what I write and what I share.

I won't be able to share pictures of Caleb on here or on Facebook, he is not our child and we have no rights to do so. 

I think mostly I just plan on sharing my experiences with what it's like being a Foster Mom... but for the most part... I can't share anything about Caleb specifically.

This is the most random post.... sorry :)

18 Weeks

How far along:  18 weeks today
How big is baby: 5.6" from crown to rump!!  Grew 1/2" in length from crown to rump !! That's huge!
Total weight gain:  3-4lbs.
Maternity clothes:  I definitely need a better maternity clothes wardrobe.
Sleep:  Ehh doing okay.  I have more energy during the day and I'm more tired at night so that's great.
Best moment of the week: Being able to feel where the baby is laying.  And getting the calls about Caleb.
Food cravings:  None.
Food aversions:  Junk food.
Symptoms:  I threw up last Saturday morning and then not again until this Saturday morning... slowing down?? Stopping??
Movement:  Not too much really.
Gender:  It's a surprise.
What I’m looking forward to:  Bringing Caleb home and getting him settled in and then letting the whole family come and meet him. 
What I miss:  I think it's crazy how little I can tolerate sugary foods.  We bought a bowl full of halloween candy and I ate a couple pieces last night and felt sick all night and threw up this morning... I don't think I like sweets any more.
Next appt:  October 17th!   So Monday :) 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Caleb: Hebrew name meaning Faith, Devotion and Wholehearted (Foster Parenting)

I know that I say over and over again that I am always amazed by God and His plan unfolding in my life... But let me just go ahead and say it one more time.

I struggled for a while with what to do and when to share about our Foster Parenting Process and an update of sorts for that.  I'm pretty sure that the last things that we shared on here about that was that our well hadn't passed yet... and then suddenly I got pregnant, and then the focus of the blog shifted. 

Well, I'm happy to say that in September, we officially received our License from the State of Michigan in the mail and we became Officially Licensed Foster Parents!  Unfortunately, at the time, that little piece of paper was so bittersweet.   We were struggling to understand why we felt *so* called to do what we had sought to do by getting licensed and taking care of these kids and that I got pregnant.  We just didn't understand why it all happened and were confused and conflicted. 

I felt so conflicted about it and just didn't know what to say about it at all that we never shared with people that we had got our license and that we were Official. 

Some close family members instantly thought of the foster process when we announced that we were pregnant back in July and asked what our plans were with the fostering process and while we were conflicted about what to do, all that we shared was that we weren't licensed yet, so it didn't really matter at that point.  We wondered up until September if our license was going to come in the mail or what was going to happen. 

Some time in August, my licensing worker called me to check in.  She said that she finally had all of our paperwork off of her supervisor's desk and that it was being submitted to the State and that we should get our License in 2-6 weeks.  I think the License took more like 8 weeks to get, but in August, we did get that little update that I don't think I ever shared because I was so conflicted about what to do if we did actually get licensed.  I started to wonder if God wasn't going to allow us to be licensed and if the process of being licensed and going through the classes and what not was just an obedience trial, or what... I had no idea.

For the most part, I would say, most people in our immediate family had the thought of us being Foster Parents really pushed out of their minds once we announced that we were expecting.  And especially since we never talked about it again, that's really not at all surprising.  We weren't sure what to say, and we weren't comfortable sharing our hearts at that point with the conflicting thoughts and emotions, and up until a couple weeks ago anything we felt about it was really irrelevant because we weren't licensed.  I think the only comments that we really got about stuff was that it was so nice that we already had almost all of the "big" purchases out of the way for baby and how convenient that was for us.  (Stroller, Infant seat, crib, nursery set up, convertible car seat, etc.) 

I guess the honest truth is that I thought we would just know what to do if and when we got a call from DHS with a possible placement.  When our license first came in the mail, I knew we were officially on the books, and because I had such an unsure attitude about what we would do in that situation, I freaked out each time my phone rang and it was an unknown number.  My stomach would sink and I would start to panic, I wasn't ready to deal with this yet. 

All of this background information is leading up to today, when my phone rang while I was driving to Joann Fabrics to buy fabric to make a baby wrap for myself and for my best friend.  I was in a good mood, feeling good, hanging out with my friend Michelle who is here visiting, really just enjoying life and having a good time and my phone is ringing with a number that I didn't recognize.  I shrugged, didn't think twice about it and answered the phone. 

"Hello, this is **** with Bethany Christian Services, I'm calling you with a possible placement." 

I'm tearing up even writing this down.  The overwhelming emotions that I felt when she said that made it so that I barely heard most of what she was saying.  You would think that we were adopting and had just gotten *THE* call, I was that shocked by this phone call.  I didn't understand that much about it, she just told me a few little facts about this placement like their likes and dislikes and foods they liked and things like that.  After about a minute of that, I finally was able to get my stuff together and start trying to remember the right questions to ask, the questions that I was trained to ask.  I asked what kind of placement it was (reunification) and the possible length that they were expecting (6-9 months) which obviously I also understand that that plan can change at any point in time.   I told this woman that I needed to call my husband and then call her back.

I called Jack and he didn't answer.  I texted him and he didn't reply.  I called him again and he finally answered and I said I had to talk to him and it was big.  He called me back a few minutes later after he had walked away from his desk and I quickly relayed what I had been told and what I was thinking and he said he needed to think.  (I love and hate this about my husband... I'm a DO-er and a JUMP-er and he's a THINK-er.  He definitely balances me out.)  He basically just asked me if I was up to it, and I said yes.  He texted me about 20 minutes later and said go for it.... let me know what happens.

So I call this woman back and leave a message letting her know that we are on board.  She tells me that she has to get his paperwork and that she will call me back and let me know details and things like that later today.  She said that she was off work at 7pm today and that she would call me back by 7pm whether she had his paperwork or not just to touch base.

Between that time and 7pm was about 6 hours... which leaves a lot of time for second guessing.  My initial reaction was SUPER excitement.  Then I started to talk to people who really didn't understand what we were doing or why the heck we would take a child into our home while I was pregnant and possibly have him here after I give birth.  I started to have seeds of doubt planted in my mind, I started to wonder if I should call her back and tell her that I was pregnant and that I couldn't do this.  (My licensing worker knows that I am pregnant, and I'm assuming that's in my file, it's not that our workers don't know that I'm pregnant.)  I started to run through all of these scenarios in my mind about the kinds of things people would say to me about how crazy I was to take on something like this, especially while being pregnant.  I was picturing what I would respond or how I could wholeheartedly respond to people who said, "well, I don't think you should do that, you're going to want alone time with just you and your baby when he/she comes home!!"  Then I started to think these same selfish thoughts.

I searched my heart in a panic and prayed for guidance.  I immediately felt the need to start looking through my phone.  I needed to call someone who understood where my heart was when I started this process, and why we did this in the first place.  I needed to talk to someone, and quick.  My heart was racing as I scanned through my phone... and suddenly BOOM... the ONE person in my whole phone book who is on almost the same road with feeling called to action in this way too.  I text her to see if she's available to talk, and she says yes, and I call her right away.  This conversation was a God-send and it was exactly what I needed... and all she really did was say a couple words and ask maybe one or two questions.  She was EXACTLY the right person to share my heart with, and she was probably 1 of 2 people who I had shared my struggles with what to do with our license after I got pregnant, where I was not sharing with anyone at all.

WHY did we choose to get licensed to be Foster Parents?  Because we felt called to do it.  We felt like God was saying, "Here is a need, and I have given you the means in your life to fill this need."  We are followers of Jesus Christ and we are called to SERVE Him and SERVE others.  We are called to a life of service in His name.  We followed in obedience to His call to serve Him and others in this way. 

WHAT are we thinking? Don't we want to spend time with our baby and enjoy this all by ourselves?? Of course that was our first thought.  We want to take this baby and hold it so close and never share it with anyone or any thing because this was OURS.  This is OUR baby and we waited a LONG LONG time for this baby that we really thought would never come.  But wait, if Jesus came back tomorrow... would he accept that excuse from us??  I highly doubt it.  This baby, along with this placement... these are HIS children.  

God was so gracious to us with this precious gift of life that I have growing in me.  How selfish of us to take this gift and turn my back on what we so clearly felt was the calling in our life.  How could we stand before God and justify our actions? 

Once those questions and obvious answers came, my heart was filled with peace. 

We are not taking this placement because it will be FUN, even though I know, we will get so SO much joy from this.  We are not taking this placement for OUR benefit, because really, who in their right mind with the chance to choose would choose this?  We are faithfully, devoted, and wholeheartedly following our Lord and His calls on our life and we KNOW we will be blessed because of it.  Any blessing that we could have experienced by staying a family of 2 (1/2) while I am pregnant and a family of 3 when the baby comes in March, is going to be exponentially outnumbered by the blessings we will receive by following His call and will for our life.  I pray that neither Jack or I ever have a stumbling block about this type of decision or part of our walk in our life at all ever again, but more so- I pray that we will definitely be able to recognize this situation when it comes up again and be able to wisely choose.

With all of that being said and explained...

With great Joy... and God's Amazing Grace in our life... I am so excited to announce that joining our family very soon will be a little boy... named Caleb.  He is two. 

Let Caleb's name... which is a Hebrew name that means "Faith, Devotion, and Wholehearted"... always remind us of our Faith in Jesus, our Devotion to Him and His Devotion to us, and our wholehearted desire to love and honor him in all of our ways!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

17 weeks!

How far along:  17 weeks today
How big is baby: 5.1" from crown to rump!! This kid is getting huge.
Total weight gain:  My weight has gone down and up and down this week.  Yesterday I got on the scale and I was up 2 lbs from Pre-Pregnancy.  But I called my doctor to ask him about it and he said to just stop watching the scale... so this is the last time I'm updating my weight.
Maternity clothes:  I would like a couple more  pairs of jeans and a hoodie... is there such a thing as a non zip up maternity hoodie??
Sleep:  Not sleeping well.
Best moment of the week: Definitely feeling the baby move. 
Food cravings:  None.
Food aversions:  Junk food.
Symptoms: Still throwing up / nausea.  Oh my call with my Dr he told me I should be feeling better "soon."  I laughed and told him I didn't believe it, and to that he assured me that I should feel better guaranteed "some time around week 40."  lol Mkay, at least I have an end date ;)
Movement:  I can feel little kicks into my back and then this baby has this new fun thing it likes to do... it crouches down in the bottom right or bottom left side of my uterus and then does one of those "Popcorn" things that you do on a trampoline... and you just EXPLODE.  Baby's trying to bust out of there.
Gender:  It's a surprise.
What I’m looking forward to:  Fall!! and finding subjects to take pictures of... I got a new camera and I'm so so so excited to play with that.  The first few pictures that I took turned out amazing and I'm madly in love with it... but I can only take so many pictures of my yard and my animals before things get weird.
What I miss:  I kind of miss liking dessert.  I did have dessert twice yesterday *blush* but hey it's more than I've eaten in a long time! 
Next appt:  October 17th.  My appointment got pushed back almost a week, but now I will be seeing MY Doc instead of another doctor in the practice.  So yay for that.

2011 Resolutions

# 1 : My #1 most important goal for 2011 is to finish reading the Bible cover to cover. I think that all I have left to read is Revelation :P 

# 2 : Spend more time with my husband and getting to know how better and growing closer to him. loving him.

# 3 : Get to my goal weight!! Gonna have to put this off until March ;)

# 4 : Quit biting my nails. DONE!

#5 : Get pregnant. DONE!  See here.

# 6 : Personally lead at least 1 person to know Christ as their personal savior. Done! See here.

# 7 : Spend more time growing my friendships.  The last few months being sick has kind of put a damper on this. 

# 8 : Join some kind of a small group. sort of

# 9 : Get more involved with our church. We went on a Couple's Retreat and Couple's Date Night, and attempted to start an Infertility Ministry.

# 10 : Become members at our church. January 23rd!

# 11 : Finish at least 10 quilts. (For me!) Nope!! I have barely sewn a thing all year!  Although I do plan to make a diaper bag pretty soon just to try out different ideas for bags.

# 12 : Read at least 75 books.   Check out my progress at my Master List!  I've slowed down a lot, I don't even know why.  I should probably go to the library and get some books to read... but I do have a bunch of books at home that I could read too.  25 more books to go in the next 2 months... I can do it ;)

# 13 : Keep my house cleaner! yeah... I'm doing a horrible job with this in the last 2 months... morning/noon/night sickness and cleaning do not mesh well together.

# 14 : Get to know my neighbors better.  Ehh.

# 15 : Sing in front of my church congregation. Nope

# 16 : Save $20,000.  We aren't going to meet this goal... we're more than halfway there... but then we decided to buy a baby friendly vehicle, but as soon as we sell my truck we should recoup that.   oh yeah, and we bought a DSLR camera this past week :D

# 17: Pray for my family and friends daily. Yup.

# 18: Finish reading the Bible through the first time  and read it a second time all the way through. Still going on first time through :/

# 19: Rely on God for the big things and the little things. Working on that.

# 20: Share my faith with at least 1 new person a week.  I definitely took the time to share my faith with a few ladies this week :D

# 21: Find a person to bless each week.  yeah

# 22: No Fast Food and No Pop. I can't even think about eating fast food, the thought now makes me throw up let alone eating it.

# 23: Paint my 2nd Bedroom. Done!! I wish I had remembered the date, but I think it was in March or April.

# 24: Learn something new. I've learned a lot of new things :)

# 25: Take a vacation. We went on lots of vacations in May!! I'm hoping we will have one more this fall but I don't know if I will be up to it. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

16 weeks + Bump Pictures

 16 weeks bump from the front.  I don't think I look that noticeable from the front, but I might be wrong.

16 weeks bump from the side.

How far along:  16 weeks today
How big is baby: 4.6" from crown to rump!! And supposedly baby grows inches in the next few weeks, so BIG growth spurt coming up!!
Total weight gain:  + 2.5 lbs.  I really would have thought it would be more than that... but this morning,  I was up 2.5 lbs from PP.  
Maternity clothes:  I bought a new outfit for my cousin's wedding yesterday.
Sleep:  Sleeping okay.
Best moment of the week: My cousin's wedding and visiting with the cousin table, which was awesome... and seeing my sister.  I can't wait to see the cousin table picture from the wedding... we had a good time :P
Food cravings:  None.  I had a dream last night that I went to Tony's (place up by birch run) and got a Tony's style breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon and toast and their homemade strawberry jelly.  Mmmm.
Food aversions:  Umm nothing that I can think of... Just don't have that big of an appetite.
Symptoms: Throwing up every few days now.  I almost threw up in the shower this morning, but didn't end up doing it.... Praise the Lord is that going away?? :P 
Movement:  Little twitches but nothing big yet.
Gender:  It's a surprise.
What I’m looking forward to:  Ummm... Fall!  We started burning wood today... 50 degrees in the house overnight is just too chilly!!
What I miss:  umm... I've got nothing to put here.  Maybe having hoodies that fit :P  I just need some new hoodies!!
Next appt:  October 12th!  My sissy's birthday!!