Friday, January 22, 2010

29 Weeks + Belly + Names??

Well, we made it another week! Yesterday I passed the 29 week mark and I was so pleased. God has been gracious to us!

Here's a picture of my 29 week belly. I meant to post pictures sooner. Better late than never is the story of my life!

Ok, now here's the real reason for the post. We need help naming our little girl. We seriously have come up with nothing! We aren't looking for wierd names, with weird spellings, we like more traditional names that aren't too popular. Any suggestions?

Thanks guys!!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Ashley!

To our sweet Ashley...

Happy Birthday Darling! We love, love, love you! It has been three years since we let you go, and yet it seems like just yesterday. This year we got to watch your Mommy and Daddy with Brooke and it filled our hearts to see what amazing parents they are. Your sister Brooke is so precious and we can't get enough of her. We know if you were here you would be the very best big sister to her.

We miss you so much and our hearts still ache to be with you. On the days when we miss you the most we write your name on our driveway with sidewalk chalk, or we just talk about what you would be like if you were here. And on some harder days we still today...because we love you. But this we know, that you're in Heaven with Jesus and you are happy and we will see you someday!

So even though we are apart on another birthday, we sent you your birthday balloons. We're sorry they are a day late, it was raining here yesterday.

We love you stars in sky!!
Uncle Colin, Aunt Abby, Russell, Aubrey & Bethany

Thursday, January 14, 2010

We don't want to meet these babies...yet!

I'm 28 weeks today. In pregnancies past this day would come and go barely noticed, but today was different. Today I ended up in L&D (Labor & Delivery) for the entire morning and part of the afternoon.

Let me back up, last night I started feeling poorly and by the time Colin got home at about 6:30 I was contracting A LOT! I immediately went and got into bed, drank some extra water and rested. The contractions subsided, but didn't completely go away, but I felt comfortable enough to go to sleep so I did.

When I woke up this morning the contractions were still there, so I decided to call my OB. He immediately sent me to L&D for monitoring. On a side note, when my OB decided that I should go to L&D, I just happened to have Russell with me. I was taking him to therapy, so he got to skip therapy and school today and get a different kind of education, bless his heart. He watched the nurse poke, prod and examine me, I think he was scared because he was sooooo happy to see my Dad when he came to pick up him up. Anyway, the nurse started telling me that I was having 40 second contractions, of low intensity every 2 - 3 minutes. Then she bombarded me with info about the babies lungs, steroid shots, c-sections, and even mentioned having the babies today. I WAS SCARED! Thankfully my friend Becky came and sat with me until Colin could get there, otherwise I might have melted down right then.

As it turns out, I have an irritable uterus, which is no surprise, it was irritable with Bethany too. I was a bit dehydrated, and once I got fluids in me, the contractions settled down. So they sent me home to rest, and resting I am. I don't want to meet these babies until the end of March, they still have lots of cooking to do. So here I am again, asking for your prayers. Will you please pray for the health and safety of our babies and that they will stay put for another 10 weeks?

Thank you friends! I love you all!!


Thursday, January 7, 2010

27 Week Baby Pictures!

We saw our specialist today. She said that things are progressing nicely and the babies look healthy. We are praising God for that good news and are praying that God continues to watch over our little boy and girl. We are still praying for healthy babies...please pray with us!

One funny thing we saw today was baby boy poking his little fingers in his sister's face. Of course there is a thick membrane between the two of them, but he would put his fingers right up to her nose and she would back away. He's already bothering her, I hope this is not a sign of things to come! ;-)

Here are some pictures from today's appointment.

Baby Boy!

Baby Girl!

The specialist also estimated baby girl's weight at 2lbs 12oz and baby boy at 2lbs 10oz so I have a good 5 pounds of baby in me! I'll be posting belly shots soon, so check back if you're interested!


Saturday, January 2, 2010

A New Year is here!

A new year has arrived and I am hopeful. Last year was hard. I don't want to whine, so I won't go into it all, but life just didn't go as I planned it. I had a lot of change and like one of my children in particular I do not adjust well when I have had a lot of change in a short amount of time. So there were two of us in the house struggling to make sense of life...funny how God will give you the exact right child to bring to light the things in you that need some refining! Hmm, more on that another time. So as I look ahead to 2010, a year with some very BIG changes coming our way, I am hopeful that God used the last year to prepare me for this year.

My 2010 Resolutions:

1. Have an open heart to what God is teaching me and allow Him to change me instead of being resistant.

2. Spend true quality time reading and praying through God's word, instead of rushing through my morning quiet times.

3. To be a better wife to Colin......let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly]. Ephesians 5:33 (emphasis mine - Amplified)

4. To figure out how to parent 5 children and survive.

5. Find time to exercise after these babies arrive, and start chipping away at this baby weight.

So what are your resolutions?