Thursday, July 17, 2008


Baby update:

(1) My next appointment has been delayed one week, 7/28. It's really not a big deal since it is just a check up, no fact finding. The reason for the change is Justin and I decided to investigate a midwife. My OB/GYN is great and I have no doubt in his abilities, we decided that we prefer more personal interaction and time with the one who will deliver our baby. A few other factors include the birthing process. It's not rushed, the midwife coaches you and it's a bit more natural, but not sans the epidural. I'm not that tough or brave. I'm looking forward to meeting her!
(2) I had Justin make the first "craving" run last night, which he was very willing to participate in. I wanted a salad. At 9:30 p.m. Where did I want the salad from? Zaxby's, all the way across town. It was soooooo delicious and hit the spot. Justin got a Starbucks out of the deal.

Agriculture update:

(1) The garden is going great guns. We have had tons of rain, which hasn't proven to be the best thing for the garden. The tomatoes have been beautiful and absolutely divine! The plants reminisce of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Cucumbers and zucchini have been great too. The peas are probably rank up there with the tomatoes. They are so wonderful!!! Our okra is also producing and is tasty too! We have had a few unsuccessful products. The squash plants have given us one, count it, ONE squash. The corn took the dirt nap. Not sure what happened there, but we only got baby ears before the stalks began to die :( The garden hasn't produced as much as we anticipated, so there hasn't been giving away of veggies, in fact, Leigh has been supplementing our harvest with others. It could be that we are not fertilizing enough or it could be the organic fertilizing. Whatever the case may be, we are enjoying all our produce! It's actually looking pitiful right now. It's probably because of our multiple weekends in a row we were gone.

(2) Have you ever been around really old pecan trees? Well, our yard consists of 8 really old pecan trees. Pecan trees are weak when they get old and tend to drop limbs when it becomes too much. Coming home from lunch today I didn't notice is right away, but one of our trees dropped an impressive branch. So big that it took down a limb from another tree. I called Justin and told him to bring a chain saw home, we'll be needing it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

GUESS WHAT???!!???

We're having a BABY!!!

Surprise, surprise!! Even more of a shock, our bundle of joy is due to arrive December 28th! I'm 16 weeks along.

We are excited and sometimes I can't believe it's real. Justin mentioned, the morning sickness and headache aren't enough for you?? Yes they are but still, a baby?!!

I had some suspicions in early May, but a home pregnancy test (hpt) came back negative. Then on Mother's Day walking into church I was all of a sudden sick to my stomach. I knew then, I had to take another test. I waited until the next day and it was positive! Justin didn't really believe the results, neither did Leigh when we told her later that night. Since this is our first rodeo with pregnancy, we were sure about the accuracy of the hpt. The next day I called my OB/GYN.

I told the nurse, "I think I'm pregnant."
The nurse said, "You think? Did you take a hpt?"


"Did it come back positive?"


"Well, you're pregnant. Congratulations!" (like duh...)


My doc was booked for a month and then we was going on a mission trip to the Amazon for two weeks! We called our parents and Justin's sister and told them the news. Needless to say they were all very excited.

After our vacation to the beach, the next Tuesday was the big day. I assumed that we might be 8 weeks along. I told the doc all my info and he gave me the due date of 12-28. What? 12 weeks??? I told him that I didn't think so, so we scheduled an ultrasound.

As we went in for the ultrasound I told the tech that I thought the doc was wrong and that I was maybe 8 weeks. She said, "Well, it looks like the doctor knows what he's talking about."

Needless to say that was a shock. Most of the time when people go in they over estimate, so I thought I was 8 weeks and that I was probably over estimating...nope, not this time.

The ultrasound was amazing, especially since we were expecting a shrimp with heartbeat to show up. But instead we saw our baby, that actually looked like baby and had a great profile. The baby was flipping around, kicking it's arms and legs, arching it's back. It was amazing! Justin and I just looked at each other in shock and said, "It's real. We're pregnant." We also got to hear the heartbeat, which was unbelievable, once again we weren't expecting it.

We decided that since we were so close to the 4th of July we would just wait to share the news and tell my grandparents in person. We hadn't been able to tell any family face-to-face and I'm so glad we waited. (Sorry everybody else) Telling Geems and Papa was so fun. We even took a video of it.

Sickness wise, it hasn't been too bad. I have had some morning sickness, most of which is gone now. I do have terrible headaches. And if I get too hungry or too hot, I'll toss my cookies. Speaking of cookies, don't give me anything sweet. I'm not into it, at all. Give me cheese, cottage cheese, peanut butter, nuts, potatoes, meat, bread. I'm sick of crackers though. I haven't gained any weight yet, I've actually lost 2 pounds...I'm sure that' going to change quickly. I'm not showing hardly at all. Which I'll be excited when I "pop!"

My next appointment is the 21st and the second week of August we'll find out the baby's gender. Justin, of course, wants a boy. I'll be great either way. Once we find out the sex, I'll get a poll together to guess all the other stats.

VIDEO OF US TELLING GRANDMA & PAPA...They thought the box that contained a picture of the ultrasound was something that would jump out at'll see what I mean.