Wednesday, February 24, 2010

We Wait

I went to the doctor this afternoon. The appointment was short and sweet. She told me my blood counts were great. Direct quote from the doc regarding my blood count, "The best I've ever seen." Not sure what that means except I'm healthy. LOL! Anyway, the baby is very active and has a good strong heart rate. Dr. Castillo said that the baby measured in the 66th percentile on the sonogram I had last week, very average. I am just measuring funny because of the way my body is carrying baby and extra weight.

I will return to see Dr. Castillo next Wednesday afternoon. This may go all the way people!

Our friends Jon and Lindsay had their precious baby Eli yesterday in Midland! I could not be more excited for them. And really, now that Eli is here it makes me even more ready for our baby to be here. I always said to myself that our time was not too far away after Eli made his appearance. Well now he's here so I'm ready for my turn!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Countdown Begins

I had a sonogram and an appointment with the doctor this morning. Our baby is growing just fine and is already about 6 pounds. We are down to the last month before our due date and could not be more ready to meet him or her! The baby was curled up in a little ball for the whole sonogram so we didn't get any great pictures, but what we did see was absolutely precious. We saw lots of hair growing on the back of the head, sweet plump lips, and a perfect forehead. We didn't see any of the gender specifying parts so I am sorry to tell you we still don't know if we are having a boy or a girl. You will all have to wait just a little bit longer. Ha! The poll is showing you all think it is a boy. Hmmm....only God knows right?! While the baby measured a little ahead of the due date, my due date stands at March 21st.

The doc gave us the run down on when to call and/or get to the hospital. I will go every week now until the end. O the end sounds so nice!! As anxious as I am about the actual birth proceedings :) I am ready to be done with sharing my body. And more ready to meet this little person!!

I am still working at the church, probably for another couple of weeks. We have lots of organizing and preparing at home. While this would probably drive most people crazy, I'm doing pretty good with the piles at home. Yes, the baby will be a handful and I will be tired, but baby and I will just finish it all together in the days and months ahead. And in the grand scheme of things, all of the stuff doesn't matter anyway. I am reminded everyday of how bountifully I live while so much of the world lives on much, much less!! I have alot to be thankful for, why waste my days in worry!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pictures from Simply Darling Photography

On our vacation to Glorieta, Patricia of Simply Darling Photography (aka my sister-in-law), took some pregnancy pictures for me. Aaron, Trish, Cliff and I set out on our little photo excursion as the sun was beginning to set. It was so cold! At one point we were hiking through knee deep snow. There was a ton of snow on the ground and it was quite the adventure getting the shots! The three below are previews of the photo shoot. Trish did an amazing job! I am so thankful to have these memories.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Weekend of Fun!

Happy Love day to you all. Our day has been filled with church, family and more church. What could be better than remembering why we celebrate love day than to remember Jesus whose name means LOVE!

This weekend has been alot of fun at the Cary house. Our church threw us a fabulous baby shower so we had some family join us for the fun. Debbie and Kimberly flew in Friday night late and flew back home this afternoon. My parents and Mimi and Bipaw came Friday afternoon through yesterday afternoon. It was so nice having family here for a little while to celebrate baby with us and meet our church family.

Daddy's birthday is next week so I made him a chocolate cream pie. The pie is my grandmama's specialty so I consulted with her on recipe and instructions to get it just right. I was pretty proud of the final product as you can see in the picture below. We critiqued the product and next time I am sure it will be even better! Overall it was delicious, maybe just a little on the chocolaty side.

Happy Birthday Daddy! I love you and I am so proud to be your daughter. I am thankful for you!!!

Our shower was Saturday morning from 10-11:30. Andlet me tell you, I sat in that rocker the entire time and the presents flowed the full hour and a half. The ladies did an amazing job organizing and decorating for the shower. We are so blessed to be a part of such a generous church family. I have to say it is humbling to be showered with so much when others have so little. I am determined to be generous with my time, money and gifts to others.
Below is Cliff and I at the beginning of the shower. Yes, he attended the shower as well. He did a great job working the crowd while I unwrapped!!

Here is a pic of all of the wonderful hostesses!! I told you we are blessed. Thank you FBCA!!

I took some pictures of all of the baby stuff we got this weekend for family to see.
Here is the adorable high chair we got from my parents!! I love it and we have the perfect spot for it in our kitchen!

We have the baby einstein play thing from Trish and Aaron and our stroller/car seat combo from Nana and Grandpa. Thanks guys!!

Since we don't know the sex of the baby we got alot of books instead of clothes! Here are some of the sweet books we got. I can't wait to read them to our precious baby!

You can see the rest of the gifts here and the color of the baby's room. I love the color!! It is so calming and will be perfect for either a boy or a girl. The orange chair in the corner will be recovered soon if I can just locate a good upholsterer here in Amarillo. We got several very special hand made blankets. You can see the little bouncer, boppy, basket of clothes and basket of toys. Even the two diaper bags that I had wished for!!

Below is the picture of the dresser that I repainted. The changing pad is on top. It is a little big and I haven't decided if we will just make it work or try to find a smaller one. As you can see there is nothing on the walls yet and no baby bed in the room yet. The baby bed is still to be painted and I think wall hangings will wait until the baby arrives. We will finally know if we are having a boy or a girl and I will be able to stay home and make it just like I want it!

All in all it was a great weekend. I have five weeks left before my due date. We get to have a sonogram on Thursday. I am anxious to see how big they think the baby is and to see if we will have any clue if it may come early or not. I am still feeling great, just anxious for birth day to get here!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ski Trip 10 Glorieta, NM

Below you will see a slide show of photos from our ski trip to New Mexico. It was such a fabulous week of relaxation and lots of fun family time. We stayed at the FBC lodge in Glorieta, NM and went in to Santa Fe to ski and enjoy the town a little. I got sick with some kind of 24 hour bug on Tuesday but recouperated pretty quickly and was able to enjoy all four neices. Dakota was also not feeling great the whole week. She ran a low grade fever most of the time. I think she was still able to enjoy the week though playing in the lodge and just hanging out. Cliff and I made alot of headway with her knowing us and loving us!

The last couple of pictures are of our street in Amarillo. We returned that Saturday to about a foot of snow. The roads were closed Thursday and Friday so we were fortunate to have planned to return home on Saturday. It has been cold and yucky ever since we got home. We are expecting some snow again on Thursday of this week. We'll see what happens!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Baby Update

I went to the doctor yesterday. For the most part everything looks great. The baby's heart rate is good, my blood pressure is great. However, I did measure the same at my last two appointments so I have a sonogram scheduled in a couple of weeks to make sure that the baby is growing properly. The doctor did not seem worried just wanted to have it checked out. Cliff and I are looking forward to seeing the baby again and finding out how big he/she is. The baby is wiggling around all of the time! It is so hard to believe that in 6 short weeks we'll be holding our baby AND we will finally get to discover if we have a baby boy or a baby girl!