Dear Little Pumpkin,

3/13/12

Dear Little Pumpkin,

I’ve decided to nick-name you pumpkin (for now, new nick-names, I’m sure will emerge) since you are due at the end of October.  I don’t know much about you, but I did get a chance to peak at you today and see your heartbeat flutter!  Your Daddy and I were thrilled to see you, and it just made our heart smile.  Your little picture shows you measuring right at seven weeks and two days (as of March 13th), and everything perfectly healthy so far!  I even got to see your arm and leg buds emerging from your body, getting ready to sprout your limbs for all the clapping and running that you’ll delight in, after your born.

I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted lately and I’m not sure if my pregnancy symptoms are worse this go around, or if it’s just a little more challenging to cope with since I have two other kiddos to look after.  Nevertheless, it’s definitely kicking my butt.  One of the hardest things to deal with is that coffee makes me nauseated, so my normal caffeinated boost is no longer.  It seems that most of the unhealthy things that I eat (pizza, chocolate, etc.) don’t give me a very good feeling either, so I’ve been filling my tummy with more healthy things.  One of my favorites is a cucumber hummus sandwich.  I’ve always liked hummus, but cucumbers is definitely a newbie.  I’m also loving the taste of fresh organic apples too, I can’t get enough of them.  I’ve been diligent on taking my prenatal vitamins so that hopefully you are getting the best nutrients possible for your developing and growing brain, organs  and the rest of your tiny body.  I don’t have any strong feelings on what your gender is yet, but something tells me that I will be preparing for another baby boy.  I’m not sure if that is because I already have two boys and that’s all I know, or what, but either way, I am excited to find out your gender so I can know that much more about you.

I look forward to learning more about you as you grow in my belly.  I’m excited for the first flutter that I will feel when you’re big enough so that I can feel you stretch and kick.  It’s  just one of many sweet reminders of the miracle happening inside me.  We are so thankful for the precious gift that you are, that God has given us.  It was all in his perfect timing!


My Day on February 20th

Today is a special day.

It was Saturday and Parker and I headed out to meet my friend Meagan at the gym, so I could work out and he could play with his buddy Rhys.   Unfortunately on the way, I got stopped by the police for speeding and was handed a citation for going 60 in a 35.  The court date was set for March 19th, which just so happens to be Dan and I’s wedding anniversary!  Just a little reminder to slow down in life, right?  Yeah, a BIG reminder. Ugh, thanks for that.

We had a relaxing rest of the day after my work-out. Parker had a little melt-down leaving the gym, but nothing out of the normal for a two year old.  We all went and had lunch at Lenny’s  (buy one get one free coupon, I mean…it was basically begging us to go).  We enjoyed a nice low key family meal.

We later went home so the boys could nap, and Dan and I could have some down time ourselves.  When they woke up, we decided to take advantage of the seasonably warm temps and head to the park to enjoy some family time and the warm sunshine. We like Fowler park, and it’s especially nice when there’s a little bit of a chill in the air because the play area is in direct sunlight, which provides just the warmth needed to enjoy playtime.  They also have a nice skate park, where Parker loves to watch the kids do tricks…having his big kid envy.  We loved walking on the big creek greenway, listening to the frogs, and trying to avoid Parker from diving into the swamp.

What a beautiful day it was today!  Parker loved our little walk, and scaring me half to death by backing up to sit down on the edge of the bridge.  This picture captures him with a little snarky face.  Proving that he can and will get as close as he can to the edge, while capturing the beauty of the surrounding.  It’s pretty fitting to his personality.

What I didn’t know, was how special today would be… you see, by the end of the day I found out some pretty neat information that I didn’t otherwise know.  Something amazing was happening right under my nose.  Cells dividing rapidly, a embeded blastocyst forming inside me.

That evening I decided to test since Dan was going out of town.  I hadn’t even missed my period yet.  But… I had a feeling something was cookin’ up inside me.

Okay! Well that was not planned… at least not so soon!  After I picked my jaw up from off the floor, I went downstairs and told Dan.  He just looked at me and smiled and gave me a nice long hug.  As if to say, it’s going to be okay.  God has a plan, and we can do this.  My internals were saying “Man, we really know how to space them out…  Parker and Mason are 18 months apart, and this one will be about 20 months apart from Mason!  Eeeeek!”  Estimated due date is October 29.  All exciting none-the-less.  So, are you all freaking out with me?  Yeah… thought so.  Go ahead, whisper that I’m crazy under your breath.  I know you want to.

So, we know the gender…we think

Have you guys ever heard of the novelty test called the “Gender Pridictor Test” by a company called Intelligender?  Well, if not, let me introduce you to it.  You can read about it in detail on their website: http://www.intelligender.com/home.html and there are quite a few impressive videos on there from reputable shows such as The Doctors and Dr. Sonja Gupta and Robin Mead on HLN (CNN) that are quite interesting to watch.

We were able to purchase a test at our local pharmacy for $29.99 and thought, what the heck, this will be fun…we should give it a try!  So, at the recommended start of 1o weeks, we decided to read the instructions and give this test a try the next morning.  It recommended the first morning’s urine, but I woke up at about 2am (is that considered “first morning’s urine”?) and Dan and I rubbed the sleep out of our eye to see what we could see.  And…this is what we saw…

You may have guessed, the green color means boy, and the orange color means girl.  According to this, it looks like we’ll be blessed with another boy!  I will not be sad at all if its another boy.  I really love my little boy that I already have, and I can totally wear the “soccer Mom” title.  Parker can show him the ropes, and they can stay up all night chatting away in their bunk beds about their latest fort that they created in the neighborhood tree save area. Boys…gotta love ’em!  I will continue to be the lady of the house!

You may be wondering about the accuracy rate.  I don’t know for sure, but I’ve read that the result average is about 80% accurate for at home test if the it is performed exactly by what the instructions say and the results are about 90% in lab results.  So, we’ll see for sure when I have my ultrasound at 20 weeks!   As cliche as it sounds it’s really true that either way, I’ll be really excited just to have a healthy baby, no matter what the gender.

UPDATE: For those curious about the results; This test was correct.  We are having another boy!

Subtle hints that you may be pregnant…AGAIN

1.   If you are breastfeeding your baby, you notice a dramatic dip in your milk supply causing your baby to have the sudden urge to use the bite reflex instead of the suck

2.  You think it’s really awesome to eat olives straight from the jar and when your husband gives you a weird look you look back and simply say “What?”

3.  You chart your ovulation, do the deed on the proper days, and then realize the next month that Aunt Flow hasn’t reared its ugly head

4.  The smell of PF Changs, the mall food court, and dumping a poopy cloth diaper in the toilet is enough to make you loose your lunch

5.  You’ve cried uncontrollably, laughed hysterically and had a fit of rage all in the same 24hr period

6.  You feel as if you haven’t slept all day, every day, and every chance you get, you try to sneak in a nap and tell yourself that the dishes,  laundry…can wait

7.  You’ve already joined the would be birth club on babycenter.com  to see what other Mom’s are saying and to make sure you’re just as crazy as they are

8.  You ask your husband if you look pregnant, and the pause is a little too long

9. You take a pregnancy test and see those all familiar double solid lines

10.  In a burst of excitement you share the news with your nine month old and you capture his response for a beautiful memory before he decides to use it as a teether

So, I guess the jig is up.We are excited to announce that we are expecting again!  Parker will have a little baby brother or sister around March 7, 2011.  Parker will be 18 months old!  I know… Dan just couldn’t keep his hands off me.

Elated with Joy

This past Wed was probably one of the happiest days ever! Dan and I have been cautiously expecting since December. We’ve only spilled the beans to a few people in our small group and close family members so that we can get the prayer warriors on it. We had a doctor’s appointment and ultrasound scheduled and we went in with a positive outlook, but still nervous considering the history we’ve had. We heard our baby’s heartbeat for the first time!! It was so amazing. Dan thought it looked like he was typing on a blackberry or playing gameboy. Yes, he is guessing that little squiggles is a boy. We are so happy that everything is progressing as normal and right now we couldn’t be happier. Praise God for all the answered prayers! One thing they noticed that they’re just going to keep an eye on is that I have two cysts on my ovaries. They said it’s very common during pregnancy, but that mine are a bit larger than normal. So they are going to keep an eye on it and I have another ultrasound at the end of February. They said it should dissipate on it’s own. I have really been feeling the side affects of this first trimester. I am tiered and nauseated all the time. I’m moody a lot and sometimes just hard to deal with. Hopefully I will be able to learn new coping skills during this first trimester so I don’t make Dan’s life miserable, as well as my co-workers. I have to keep reminding myself that all of this is well worth it for my little squiggles. There’s more news to come, but for right now I’ll leave you with pictures of our little happiness.

7 Weeks!

7 Weeks!

happiness2

After the good news!