Saturday, March 31, 2007

First Appointment

So I went to my first appointment with my mom and younger sister Miriam this past Thursday. It was so nice to have them there in view of the fact that Brad couldn't be there. I really like my midwife, Laura.
We did the ultrasound first, because I happened to have a full bladder. Big surprise there! We saw the little baby. So perfect already--little hands and feet, and a little heartbeat fluttering in its chest! Big head (it's probably a boy! hee hee) So precious. I could have sworn that the baby kicked its left leg, but the midwife didn't see it and the baby wouldn't move when she poked at it. Oh, well, it must have been dozing. I have a feeling it will be moving around a lot when we have our next ultrasound at 18 weeks. Brad will be back then and we'll find out the sex of the baby, as long as the baby cooperates.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wedding Anniversary

Well, today was Brad's and my wedding anniversary. I just lounged all day. It really stunk that we couldn't be together, but when we spoke we agreed we would never be apart on such a special day again. I think I've been doing pretty well with Brad being gone. I just try to keep my eyes on the end of the road and look forward to when he'll never leave me for 3 months at a time again. I know that when he gets back we'll be stronger and more in love than ever. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, so cliche, but true.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Cleaning House

Well, I started cleaning the house for my parents and Miriam's arrival on Sunday. I am so excited that they are coming to stay for a few days. Mom and Miriam are actually going to go to my first appointment at the midwives' office. I can't wait to hear the baby's heartbeat!
Brad bought a video camera yesterday and he's sending it with Mom, Dad, and Miriam so that he can see what the first appointment was like and so he can hear the heartbeat, too. I wish he could be here, but a video is almost as good--well, it will just have to do.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Crochet and Family

On Tuesday, I got up really early, took the dogs to Camp Bow Wow, and Harley and I headed up north to visit Brad's cousins, The Ashmore family--Doug, Theresa, Kara and Kyle. I am so glad to have family only 1.5 hours away. The main purpose of the trip was to see them and get away overnight, but the reason was learn how to make baby booties for Baby Walters. Theresa's friend Carmen came over and was so wonderful to explain how to make them. Thank you Carmen! I wanted to show you a picture of my very first bootie. I've also attached photos of me with Kara and Kyle from this trip. Kara came back with me for the rest of the week and I am so happy to have the company! She has been a delight.

Friday, March 9, 2007

My Mom's Birthday

This morning I woke up with the worst morning sickness yet. I was really wishing Brad were here, so he could take of me. I am probably being a bit of a baby, but I hate being nauseous, and it didn't help that the dogs were all of the sudden needing attention and a potty break when I felt the worst. I spoke with Dad telling him I was sick again and he thinks it's a boy. Ha! I think he secretly would like it to be a boy. I think that would be wonderful for Dad to have a grandson to go fishing and hunting with.
Today just happens to be my mother's birthday so as I lay in bed I called her and she said she was sick from inhaling too much dust at Grandmama's. Wonderful to be sick on your birthday, isn't it? So anyway, we commiserated with one another over our "illnesses," and had a laugh about an incident Mom and Dad had this morning at Bagelhead's involving a bagel and a sausage pepperjack stick.
I wish I could be there with everyone celebrating Mom's and our family friend Jade Neal's birthday.
I just need to keep myself busy and not think about it I guess.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Baby's First Gift

A woman from my church who also happens to be in my women's Bible study group came over to the house today. Her name is Sue and she has been so nice and welcoming to me since my first week in the study. Well, she bought a gift for the baby and I thought that was so sweet so I just had to journal it. It is a pair of two caps. One is yellow, the other green with little animals on it. And she also gave baby a lamb that says a good night prayer.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Brad Left for Florida

So Brad and I will be apart for almost 3 months. I've had some time (3 months before we moved) to get used to the idea of him being gone, but it's still not easy. I wish he could be here to experience everything with me, and I know he feels the same way. I know it will fly by, but right now it seems like forever. Maddie and Marcus, our dogs have been moping around the house, Harley, our cat, seems unaffected--so typical of a cat! I am just trying to keep myself busy and make sure I record everything. You only have your first child once.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Interview with a Midwife

Brad and I went to see two midwives today. Brad wanted to make sure that a home birth was a safe option for us and that the chance for complications was low enough to not have the worry of rushing to hospital. I think it went very well. The midwives, Laura and Robin, have worked together for years and they were both so helpful and knowledgeable. If we do decide to go with them, my first appointment will be around the end of March at about 9 weeks!
According to Laura, my due date is November 1. I am glad because originally, I had the date of October 31, and I really didn't want to have a Halloween baby. Well, that still may happen, but at least that's not my due date!

Monday, March 5, 2007

Morning Sickness...

Well, morning sickness finally came early this morning as I got out of bed to let the dogs out to go potty. It felt like I was going to faint and throw up at the same time. I got the Saltines out of my nightstand drawer and then I was okay. So ever since, I have been trying to make sure I have something in my stomach. My mom and the misdwife also told me that protein is the best way to fight it. And I have to say I think eating meats and cheeses is working. Say good bye to the meat free diet! I'm carnivorous!