Monday, June 25, 2012

38 weeks



*My mom wore this top when she was pregnant with Breanne and Emily. So she wants to have a picture of each of us wearing it.*


how far along?  38 weeks
how are you measuring?  38 weeks (right on track)
size of baby? According to the Baby Bump app on my phone our baby is about the size of a leek 19.75 inches and the weighs about 6.8lb
heartbeat?  146 bpm (he was very active while we were at the doctor)
total weight gain/loss? 20lbs
maternity clothes? Yes 
sleep? Sleep? Sleep? I don't get much of it these days. It takes me forever to fall asleep because I am wondering all about when labor will start. I get up regularly and it takes me longer to go back to sleep each time.
best moment this week?  Meeting sweet baby Knox.
movement? Tons! I keep thinking its going to slow down because I have read that its supposed to, but not our little guy.
food cravings/aversions? ICE COLD water.
gender predictions? It's a boy, Landry James Howard
what i miss: Being comfortable
what i'm looking forward to: My in laws get here this Saturday and while I am excited about it, it's kinda stressing about it.
how are you feeling? Tired, uncomfortable, hot, ready...
pregnancy moments: I am soooooooooo ready to hold Landry. It has hit triple digits the last two days and I just don't think I can take it any more.Dr. said today that I am still at 1 cm. She couldn't strip my membranes to help me out because she couldn't get in far enough. I really don't want to be induced. Landry is just having fun move around staying nice and cozy.

Friday, June 22, 2012

C-Section


I just need to get this off my chest. 

Last night after Bible study us girls sat around talking about c-sections (three of us are pregnant and 1 has a one year old). And I just found out today that another person I know is going to have a c-section. It just seems like everyone I know lately has had a c-section. Co-workers, friends, family members, etc. I realize that you don’t always have a choice, things happen, but honestly, I don’t want to have surgery. I don’t know why I feel so strongly about this, but I do. I say that now, but if the doctor came to me tomorrow and said that the best thing for Landry is a c-section, I would do it in a heartbeat no questions asked. I don’t want to offend anyone who has had a c-section, I totally understand that sometimes that is what’s best. However, if you could just do me a favor and pray for a vaginal birth for Landry I would appreciate it. I know everything is in God’s hands and He knew what would happen long before I even thought about having a baby. In the end I complete trust that He is in control of the situation and if that means a c-section then so be it. It won’t be the end of the world, but I would prefer a vaginal birth.

Thanks for the prayers.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Double Blessing

My entire life my mom has called me her 'double blessing'.

You see my mom was pregnant once before me with my older sister Crystal. She lost her around 33 weeks. My mom has always considered her part of our family, so I did too. Since, being pregnant with Landry I now have a better understanding of just how an unborn child can truly be a part of the family!

Around the time Crystal would have made her entrance into the world my mom found out she was pregnant with me. She was scared (who could blame her), but she didn't let her fear overcome her. And guess what she made it to full term and I came just like God had planned. I don't know why my mom had to endure such a terrible thing. Really no woman should ever experience that. What I do know is that my mom is one of the strongest people you will ever meet! She used a horrible thing to help so many other women.  I don't think I could have done the same thing.

She loves to tell people that I am her double blessing. God took Crystal to heaven, and gave her me instead. I hope I can live up to the name Double Blessing because my mom deserves one.

I love you Mom! And I know you are going to make the BEST GRAMMY! Landry is lucky to have you (and I am too)!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

37 weeks



how far along?  37 weeks
how are you measuring?  37 weeks(right on track)
size of baby? According to the Baby Bump app on my phone our baby is about the size of a swiss chard 19.25 inches and the weighs about 6.3lbs (our little one is 6lbs 12oz according to our sono)
heartbeat?  150 bpm (he was very active while we were at the doctor)
total weight gain/loss? 22lbs
maternity clothes? Yes 
sleep? Sleep is definitely different these days. I can tell I am nearing the end of my pregnancy because it is getting hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.
best moment this week?  Relaxing
movement? Tons! I keep thinking its going to slow down because I have read that its supposed to, but not our little guy.
food cravings/aversions? ICE COLD water.
gender predictions? It's a boy, Landry James Howard
what i miss: Walking quickly.
what i'm looking forward to: Holding our sweet baby boy. Seriously I can't wait to meet him.
how are you feeling? Tired, uncomfortable, but more importantly grateful.
pregnancy moments: I had what I am pretty sure was my first contraction this week. I think it was Braxton Hicks, but it was the first one I have had.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful daddy James!


The man who tried baby food just for me!

We celebrated with my dad on Friday since my sister had to work on Sunday. However, we still had the family over on Sunday for lunch to break in Joel's Father's Day/Anniversary present. (Our anniversary is on the 23rd). I know he's technically not a dad yet, but the way he takes care of me and Landry I think it counts!


Complete with all the utensils and a cover.



This grill will do infrared, gas and charcoal. So we have lots of choices!


We have been wanting a grill since we moved into our house 9 months ago and I thought what better time to get one!


And since I gave him the grill a week early so he could put it together, I cam up with this little surprise for Sunday. (AND I didn't get the idea from pinterest!)



Both my dad and Joel loved their sausage and brats on the grill! So I think it turned out to be a successful day! Happy Father's Day babe! I know you will be the best daddy in the world!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Random Post

These are just some random things that have happened that I wanted to share.

We got this super cute monogrammed hooded towel for Landry. After we washed it we were trying to figure out how to fold it when Joel decided it was too big for Landry. And to prove his point he tried it on.



This other picture I am in awe of. Normally when people show me a 3D picture of their baby I just think it looks creepy. So, if you have shown me one I apologize. Now that I have gotten a picture of Landry in 3D I totally get it!! This photo was taken at 35 weeks and I think Landry looks like Joel. I guess we will have to wait a few more weeks to be sure, but you can give me your opinion.


He is rubbing his eye with his fist over to the right, and the spot on his head above the other eye is part of me that they could get in the picture.

Landry Kicking

Honestly, one of my favorite things (if not my favorite) is feeling Landry kicking and moving! I think I am going to miss it when he comes. But I wanted to post this video so hopefully I will never forget it. Can't wait to meet our sweet little boy and feel him squirming in my arms!

video

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Up, Up and Away

Nine months

 My precious little baby,
I have loved you from the start.
You are a tiny miracle
Laying closely to my heart.



Each day I feel your presence,
Each day you quickly grow,


Each day your heart beats softly,
As only I could know.
So, I'll keep this in a special place
And remember each year through,


Of this special time in my life
In the months I carried you.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Almost there...

A few weeks ago we had some maternity photos taken. I am so glad we documented the time in our lives. I thought I would share some of my favorites!

These days my mind always drifts off wondering what our sweet boy will look like.


Will he look like Joel or me? What color will his hair be? His eyes? 



What will his personality be like? Will he be patient like his daddy or not like me?



Will he be athletic? Or will he be musical? Or both?



My biggest hope for Landry is that he will know and love Jesus with all of his heart and follow him always.







For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16

Monday, June 11, 2012

A little scare

**Let me start by saying that I am including details that not all of you will want to read.**

A little background info. I went for my weekly visit on May 30. We had an ultrasound to check everything out and there were two things that didn't look right!

First, Landry's left kidney was enlarged. Since I have an ultrasound every week they said we would watch it. I was told that after he was born we would notify the pediatrician and he would have to have his own little sonogram to check it out. They did say that it would probably correct itself once he started peeing on his own.

Second, I was told that I had a blood spot on my placenta and I needed to watch for spot bleeding. And to let them know if I noticed anything.

We only told a few close friends and family because it wasn't anything too worrisome.

Well, on June 8th I went back to the doctor for my next check up. Landry's kidney is still enlarged, but it has gone down. They said we don't have anything to worry about!! Woo hoo! So glad to hear that he fine! They also did a vaginal check and told me that I was effacing, so that's a good sign that he will come on his own. Another woo hoo!

Fast forward to Saturday... no one told me I would spot bleed after my exam. Friday night, it was no big deal, but Saturday when I woke up it seemed to be getting worse. And to top it off at 11am I hadn't felt Landry move all day. So I called the doctor. She told me to drink something sugary and see if I can get him to move. She also said that if the bleeding doesn't stop to go ahead and come in.

I drank a Dr. Pepper and was able to get Landry to move, but the bleeding didn't stop. So at 3ish in the afternoon Joel and I headed labor and delivery. I was probably the calmest person to ever walk up to the check in counter.

They checked me in and tested me and we got to listen to Landry's heart beat for a solid 30 minutes! Music to my ears! As it turns out Landry is completely fine!! And I am paranoid (which is what I was hoping they would tell me)!

So it was an interesting weekend, but no baby yet! However, between Friday and Saturday I dilated 1cm, so something was going on in my body.

36 weeks



how far along?  36 weeks
how are you measuring?  35 weeks
size of baby? According to the Baby Bump app on my phone our baby is about the size of a crenshaw melon 18.75 inches and the weighs about 5.75lbs
heartbeat?  130 bpm
total weight gain/loss? 22lbs
maternity clothes? Yes 
sleep? Getting up every 4 hours, so twice per night.And every time I need to move I wake up, not to mention it is almost impossible to get comfortable.
best moment this week?  Knowing that Landry is ok! And getting a 3D sono of our sweet boy.
movement? I really think this is thing I will miss the most.
food cravings/aversions? ICE COLD water.
gender predictions? It's a boy, Landry James Howard
what i miss: Bending over to do anything.
what i'm looking forward to: Holding our sweet baby boy. Seriously I can't wait to meet him.
how are you feeling? Tired, uncomfortable, but more importantly grateful.
pregnancy moments: We a little scare this week, but more on that in a different post.