Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today you would be 1...

if you had been born on your due date. Caroline, what I wouldn't give to celebrate your first birthday with you today. I'd let you lick all the icing off your first birthday cupcake and make a great big mess! While we sure wish you were here, we rest in knowing you reside in a place better than we could ever imagine. We love you baby girl. Thank you for all you have taught us. Your little brother is blessed with a true angel watching over him.

1Peter:6-7 "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith‒of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire‒may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Brooks in 3D

What a cool experience this was today! (Nick called it "Sears Portrait Studio for the Unborn".) We got to see his chubby cheeks, big hands, and very big feet!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

30 weeks

Only 10 more weeks to go!
We had a doctor appt. today.
The baby is measuring right on track and all is well!:)
Here's hoping time flies! We can't wait for him to get here!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Broken Open

I know many people are not fans of Oprah, but I admit that I am. I DVR it everyday. For 2009, Oprah has started a "Living your Best Life" series. Last Wednesday, she had a guest named Elizabeth Lesser, who wrote the book called Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow. She explained that when life hands you something difficult you can either a)break down and be defeated or b) break open and be transformed.

There was also a family featured who suffered the loss of their son. His twin brother spoke about losing his brother and had an analogy that I thought was perfect. (If you don't feel like watching the whole video, the part I am talking about starts at 3:49)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Good Comebacks

I got the call today from the nurse at my doctor's office and my glucose test came back "perfectly normal"! Yipeee! I am so grateful not to have one more thing to worry about!

I subscribe to's "Daily Kick" and today the message was so funny and I could SOOOO relate that I have to share. It was a list of comebacks for what to say to people who say "You're so HUGE!" (Which happens to me quite often)

• "Yeah, I'm actually a week late and my water could break at any minute -- stand back!"
• "I know, I gotta start cutting back on the burgers and booze."
• "I'll try to take that as a compliment."
My personal favorite- "Yeah, but I'm going to lose 20 pounds in a day. What about you?"
• "Well, ya know, I'm growing a life. What have you done today?"

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Glucose Test & A Great Doctor

Yesterday, I had to go for the 3 hour glucose test because I failed my first test. In other words, my levels were elevated. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this test- you show up and give a blood sample, then you drink a sugary drink called Glucola. Next, every hour for 3 more hours you give blood samples again. They check to see how your efficiently your body is breaking down the sugars. I should have the results by Monday and will repost when I do. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I had to fast from midnight on and thought I would starve, but was really ok until the last 1/2 hour or so. I started feeling like I had just drank 3 glasses of wine. My mom came and kept me company and tried for the 2nd time to teach me to crochet (I stink at it) and the time actually passed quickly. So when I felt woozy at the end, Mom went and got me some Apple Juice and Saltines and that helped a lot. After leaving the doctor's office, we indulged ourselves and had lunch at PF Chang's! That helped alot too!:)

In other news, while at the office, Nick called to check in and see how I was feeling. Although I feel the baby moving often, it is still hard for him to feel him and it is frustrating for him. He suggested asking to hear the heartbeat since I was at the office anyway. I felt kind of embarassed because I didn't have an appointment and the lab where I was getting my bloodwork done is a separate section of the office, but I had a really nice nurse so I did ask her. I explained that Nick was not there with me and was feeling nervous. In addition to the fact that we just got passed the time in my pregnancy when I lost Caroline. So..she snuck me back when the doctor had a break. I think that this doctor might just be the nicest person ever. Before she came in to see me, I got my mom to come back too. After several tries, she couldn't hear the heartbeat very well. You could hear a faint swish, swish, but she wasn't happy with that. (Needless to say, neither was I!) It was scary, but common for me in this pregnancy. I think it has happened at 3 or 4 of my appointments before. She went ahead and put me in the sonogram room and quickly located the little guy. His heartbeat was 144 BPM and he was wiggling all around. We even saw an ear! (And, yes, it did seem to resemble his dad's!) She printed the following pictures for me. The first one is showing his heartrate and the second is of his face, arm, and leg. Thru tears, my mom and I thanked her for making our day.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

My blogger friend, Jenna, just finished this beautiful painting for me. She sent me the picture today and I am so excited with how it turned out that I had to post it. It will hang in our baby boy's room! Jenna is so talented. I told her the colors, the verse, and the name and she created this masterpiece. Check out her work here.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

A New Year, A New Perspective

Happy New Year!

As I looked back to the first post I had written in 2008 I found that I had asked for the following prayer requests.
-that God will continue to provide us with comfort and peace
-the strength to 'move on' with our lives
-the blessing of another pregnancy when the timing is right

Wow! How amazing that all of those prayers have been answered. We walked with God in faith and prayed and prayed and prayed for another baby. We tried to put our fears aside and we were blessed with another miracle.

As 2008 closes and a new year is in front of us I am thankful for how far we have come in a year. Looking forward to continued blessings and more answered prayers... and I wish that for everyone reading too!