Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Also, here is the video Justin was able to get at our ultrasound last week. Sorry it's a little late. Charleigh is quite the active one, Holiday kept saying she was having to chase her all around my belly. That's why the pictures aren't that great this time, she wouldn't stay still long enough! I love her little active self!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Well, the growing has started and it doesn't look like it's stopping anytime soon! This week has been exciting. We had our 18 week doctor's appointment and got to see little Charleigh for the first time in a MONTH! (to me, physco, paranoid mom...that's a lifetime!) She was just so precious as usual. This was the first time she was too big to fit her whole body unto the ultrasound screen! Unless of course she was all cuddled up like babies do. Paw Paw (Justin's dad) got to come to this ultrasound, he is so cute pointing out everything and asking, "What is that?". My dad was the same way :) Here are the pictures from the ultrasound:
She's still a little girl!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands for incense. You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses. I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence."
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
So, the "thumping" that I thought was Charleigh late last week, I am almost CERTAIN is her now. Now these aren't HUGE kicks or elbows or anything, just tiny little movements deep down. I think I have found a way to describe what she feels like right now...Have you ever exercised really hard and then sat down right afterwards (like to drive home from the gym or something?) and felt your legs twitch. I feel this little twitch deep down in my muscles every time I exercise. Just in my legs... but now, that little feeling is in my belly! Don't get me wrong, they are not twitches that you can see and you can barely feel them unless you are really still, but they ARE there! I notice her moving usually late at night before I am ready for bed. Usually after I go to the bathroom and empty my bladder (and colon if possible) and I sit down real still to watch a tv show or just relax on the couch...that's when she makes her presence known :) I love it and I know it will just get stronger and more frequent every day...
So, back to Easter. I left Thursday night, drove to Bama and collapsed in my parents' living room (I was SO tired from driving). On the way there I had a pregnancy FIRST! I stopped at Church's chicken on the way, I really wanted a honey butter biscuit, and I actually walked inside instead of going through the drive-through (doc said I had to walk every 2 hours or so to prevent blood clots). So the nice old man at the cash register took my order and then said to me..."So, you're having a baby?!" I looked around really quickly to make sure he was talking to me, then I looked at everything I had on my body to see if I MUST have had a sign of impending baby right? but, it was just me, in my regular jeans and a non-maternity top (but it had an empire waist so it could have looked maternity-ish) and after a few seconds of silence I just smiled real big and said, "YES!, but you are brave for asking!" So, that was my first STRANGER to notice that I was pregnant! Exciting! And I am glad to know that it doesn't just look like a fat belly! It looks like a baby :)
The next day my mom and I went to all the cool baby and maternity stores in the Birmingham area...I got my first pair of maternity pants and although I CAN wear my regular clothes...why would I do that! Maternity clothes are the BOMB! I had to pay good money at the Swanky Stork for my new mommy jeans but, they were seriously worth it! And they are darn cute too! I got some other maternity shirts and a cute little cotton dress that my belly will have to grow in to :) I kept myself from buying anything for Charleigh...aren't you all surprise and so proud of my will-power...I don't want to buy a bunch of stuff quite yet. Once I start, I'm afraid I'll never stop.
Saturday I went shopping AGAIN with Sharry in Montgomery so, no stone was un-turned. we had fun and then relaxed while dad cooked us burgers on the grill. He must have used extra blackening because I woke up with some serious heartburn that night, I just chugged milk until it calmed down. K.C. and his boys came over to introduce Prissy to her new cousin Yorkie named Bama. She absolutely HATED him! I knew she would, she thinks she is human and dogs are beneath her. (It's our fault for not doggie socializing her) She just snapped and growled at him the whole time, she even refused to look at him, she would turn her face the other way...haha. But Bama, didn't get the hint, he just kept trying to play with her, he was so cute and sweet, still such a puppy. I was hoping he would bite her back so she might get the hint! Don't worry, Prissy doesn't "really" bite, she just snarls and snaps...it didn't hurt little Bama.
Then came Sunday. We went to church with mom and dad and then hung out in their Sunday School class. They were sooo sweet, they just about made me cry hugging and loving us, they have been prayer warriors for our sweet baby girl and I am SO thankful for them. I can't wait to introduce Charleigh to them. Then, it was FAMILY time. Everyone came over to eat lunch and hunt easter eggs. I love watching those kids run like crazy around the yard so excited over each little egg. But really, they are all in search of the GOLDEN egg...which contains 5 bucks every year. I don't blame them, go for the money! My Aunt/Uncle and little neices made Charleigh a special cookie and gave me an adorable little charm bracelet! I've always loved gifts but, getting things for Charleigh are just so special to me :)
One of the most exciting things that happened was that my sis, Brandy, gave me TONS of Tatum's old clothes! We'll have to go through and see what is still good to wear and what not, but I'm talking TONS of clothes! One whole bag was pretty little smocked outfits...I'm so excited!
In light of Easter, I'd like to list some things that I am thankful for:
-my family, they are crazy and full of drama at times but, I always miss them when we leave. They've always been there and will always be.
-Good Friday, how could the one who lives to be my King, die to be my Savior. When I really think about what Jesus went through on the cross...not just the pain and physical torture but the mental torture too...people walking by and mocking him, saying, "If you are the son of God, save yourself"...I am so glad that I wasn't the one on the cross, because all of you would be doomed...I would have jumped off that cross and called thousands of angels just to PROVE myself to them. What humility to just KNOW that you have that power but not to use it...thank you Jesus for that. And then the spiritual torture. My God has promised NEVER to leave me or forsake me but in that moment, Jesus said, "My God My God, why have you forsaken me!?" I know that in that moment my God had to turn his back on Jesus, the one child of his that actually pleased him in everything he did...but it's because all of my unpleasing ways, that Jesus had to be forsaken in that moment. I know that was torture for him...I'm so sorry, but so thankful too.
-Easter, that he raised from the dead three days later!! Can you name any other "god" who claimed that they would rise from the dead? NO, because they KNEW that they wouldn't...but not my Jesus, he knew, and he claimed and HE DID! This is what makes him different. Buddha, Muhammad, Gahndi...when they are put in the ground, they stay there...my God is different, he is still alive! As much as I fear (even now) sending Charleigh out into this dark, evil world to fend for herself, I KNOW that my prayers for her will be answered, I know that if her father and I live our lives out in front of her completely passionate and on fire for Jesus, she will see something better, more intriging at home than anything this world could ever offer her. I am clinging to the fact that my God is ALIVE and will be active in her life. I pray for that even now.
-I'm thankful for my husband, who does love my Jesus so. But even beyond that, he is just a good man. He lets me win arguments, even when I don't deserve it...that makes me want to be more agreeable...he does the sweetest things, even when I am so very undeserving (I'm flat out mean these days, the hormones are RAGING). I am so thankful for him, I don't think I could ever let him know how much.
-and last, oh, I am so very thankful for my little Charleigh angel! I try so hard to praise God for her and to somehow explain to him how grateful I am and it's almost....pointless...there is no words I can use that would do it justice, I almost feel frustrated that I can't give him back the amount of praise he deserves for every great thing he has given me lately. I know I have to keep trying but...I just hope deep deep down that he sees it, my heart just cries for him to see it.
I forgot my camera and didn't get any pictures so I am hoping to steal some from my sis soon and posting them on here!
Thursday, April 09, 2009
I woke up last night thinking I felt her again but I'm not sure if I was just dreaming that it happened again? Anyway, she hasn't been noticable today so far but I'm hoping it becomes more and more frequent! yay!
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Doctor's appointment yesterday went well. It was the first time they didn't do an ultrasound! Which was weird but made me feel strangely NORMAL...although I did miss seeing my sweet girl. Oh well, we'll see her definitely in two weeks when we go to our high risk doc for the BIG checkup (which really, every ultrasound there is a BIG checkup, that's why they last so long!). Dr. Mehta actually measured my belly for the first time....he didn't tell me how much it measured and I don't know how much I'm supposed to measure? He asked me when I thought I would start needing maternity clothes to which I replied...uhhhhh....He assured me that I could probably still fit my regular clothes for another 4 to 6 weeks and then, I would pop like a popcorn kernel. So I guess in short, Charleigh is still microwaving...
Okay, now here is the part of the blog where you get WAY too much information...so, I haven't had a BM in at least five days. I haven't felt uncomfortable or anything but I just know that this is not a good thing. So I asked the doc what to do (I'm already downing Metamucil) and he suggested I guzzle half a bottle of magnesium citrate...and then he prepared me for the worst. Everyone I talked to who had "experiences" with the stuff warned me as well...things were about to go down! Well, I got finished with my girl's bible study ( I didn't DARE drink it before then) and when I got home I suffered through the stuff. And then...two hours later...nothing. I finally got tired and went to bed, figuring I would be up later that night but...still, nothing. Even this morning...What the heck, the doc said it was a sure fire cure...So, I'll guzzle the other half and see what "happens" tonight. Maybe I just really don't have to go??
Symptoms: Sense of smell comes and goes, so strong one minute and completely normal the next, very strange. I really really think the nausea is subsiding a bit, I can't throw the pills away quite yet but still...I'm somewhat functioning! Doc said the pressure in my tailbone is because my uterus has shifted and is now pushing that direction...At least it doesn't feel like Charleigh is going to fall out anymore...haha. Do you other mother's think silly things like this? I feel like I am phsyco or something! My mom once told me that she dreamed my little sister was a dolphin and couldn't shake the feeling for days! I guess I get my craziness naturally, huh?
I cannot WAIT for this weekend. I am going up Thursday night after school to Bama, spending the whole day Friday with my mom shopping at all the cute baby places in Bham and then family and Easter time on Sunday :) It's the first time I've seen everyone since I've been pregnant! I wish I had a little more to show for it but...whatev.
I've prepared a tiny little Easter basket for Charleigh...I know she is unborn but still, if I eat the chocolate bunny, technically SHE eats the chocolate bunny right!? Plus, Whitney and I found the cutest little baby plaque that says "Little Miracle" on it...she is my little miracle for sure so I bought it to go in her basket!
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
On another note, the extreme pressure I felt (down there) last week has now moved to my tailbone…it almost feels as if my tailbone is bruised or something…really weird. I’ve read that it could be due to misalignment of the back (which lord knows, I have) or instability of the tailbone…I did crack/bruise my tailbone during cheerleading in high school maybe now it’s unstable?? Who knows, I like to self-diagnose. Anyway, that kid likes to hang out down around that area and cause all kinds of havoc.
On a great note, we are getting a fetal Doppler heartrate monitor! Yay, it’s just that little contraption that the doc uses to hear the heartbeat…but the ones you can find at BabiesRus and places of the such do NOT work…so we are going for the high dollar sucker. We were just going to rent it, but it was cheaper to just buy the darn thing. I sure hope it works, all the reviews are super positive. I’ll let you know when we get it! I’m excited to ease my fears daily by hearing that little 160 beats a minute…something in the back of my mind keeps nagging…I just want to know that this time is…REAL.
I hate to even speak the words into the air but..I THINK the nausea may be getting better??!! The last couple of days I have been able to trim down to 1 or 2 nausea pills a day…It definitely still hits but before, if I went one hour overdue for my next dose, you knew it…now I can wait hours between them and preggie pop drops are enough to calm my queasiness! Yay. Although, I hope I don’t have to kick myself for saying that…a few nights ago I informed my husband that I was feeling quite well and was going to skip my nausea pill that night…before the words hit his ears purple vomit spewed from every orifice (I drank grape juice). Oops.
Tomorrow is our 16 week appointment with Dr. Mehta, they’ll do an ultrasound and take some bloodwork…I was just getting in the habit of NOT giving bloodwork. Boo.
So, I leave you with my latest CRAFTS!
I made this nap mat for my nephew Carter, he just started going to day care. It rolls up all nice and I appliqued his name on the outside (just in case any other kids had the exact same nap mat..ya know :) I also added a nifty elastic handle for ease of carrying.
I've also been wanting to make a crayon carrying roll for the longest...cute, yet practical. But I haven't found the time or reason until now. Our friends Kristen and Jeremy had a birthday party for their little boy Joshua and I just thought it would be perfect to try this craft out for him! I thought it was just too cute! I monogrammed his name on the Velcro closure (for girls I would just use a tied ribbon) and added a handle so he can carry it by himself!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Me: (in my head thinking) “What is he saying wow about? The baby must be coming out, he’s never seen anything like this before, why else would he say wow…this isn’t good”…(out loud) “What is the WOW about?”
Doc: “Oh sorry, the baby is fine but, you are carrying EXTREMELY low….like, lower than most women carry with their second or third pregnancies”
Me: “Is that bad?”
Doc: “No just very uncomfortable, and it’s going to get worse and worse, but there is no harm to the baby at all. The cervix looks perfect, it’s closed, hard, and long like it should be. That baby is not getting out any time soon. But you WILL be feeling uncomfortable FOREVER!”
Me: “I don’t care, well I do care, but as long as that baby is in there, it’s okay”
He went on to tell me that by 8 months I was going to want a tranquilizer, but that it COULD make for a quick delivery??? No promises on that. He also, let me know that he would be surprised if I didn’t pee 80 times a day as the child is resting directly on my bladder which is now the size of a baseball apparently and half of my colon…yay!
Anyway, Sorry if this is too much information.