Catching up: November (month 3)

I can’t believe how much time has passed since I last posted. I guess that’s what happens when it’s the holidays and you have a new baby! The last two months have been so wonderful. I am so thankful for all the time I got to spend with Noel. B and I really did spend the month of November being thankful for everything that God has blessed us with. November last year we were in the thick of infertility treatments and at the end of the month started the IVF process. It was a time where it was really hard for us to find the good, and things to be thankful because we had this glaring insufficiency in our lives.

It took awhile for us to re-focus and realize that whether or not we were able to get pregnant we have so much to be thankful for and God has blessed us with salvation. Now, fast-forward a year we are able to look back and realize that this was the path God had paved for us. Even though it was painful and difficult and we always want to know “why us?” it brought us to the place where we are now. I am so grateful for the journey for it has taught me that sometimes (many times) life doesn’t make sense and it isn’t fair. But, when everything is falling down around me I know that I have an amazing support system of friends, my small group and my family. But most importantly I have Christ to depend on and it is Him that I put my trust and faith in because I know that he is my Father who loves me, even if it’s hard to remember that. That being said… we had a very thankful month. Thankful that the Seahawks continued to kick butt, I turned the big 3-0!, and we had our annual Friends Thanksgiving party and Thanksgiving with family.

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Goooo Hawks!

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Happy 30th birthday party that B organized and threw for me. Such a great way to start the next decade of my life! 🙂

My parents took Noel after the party and she had her first sleepover! She slept through the night for them! Good girl. 🙂

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Here are some random photos from November (month 3):

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Grammy and Noel at Wights Nursery to look at all the Christmas trees! Noel voted for her favorite… just like my grandma took me when I was little. Love traditions.

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She loves her hand!

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Cousin Riley & Noel at yoga              Burrito baby 🙂

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Happy 3 months Noel!

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Liar, liar!

I said it… I’m a liar. I lied to my husband…but is that okay if your intentions are good?

Here’s the story… Noel has been moving a ton and rocking onto her side. Last night at my mom’s birthday she was so close to rolling over. She probably didn’t because everyone was there… my brother was even on facetime. Alas, it didn’t happen.

Then this morning we had our peps group. I had my hands full and set her down on the floor. As I was getting organized she starting doing her rocking thing and going on her side. Everyone was commenting on how active she was getting and I said that she was really close to rolling over. Then, she just did it! No warning, I didn’t have the video camera…nothing! It totally shocked me.

The first thing out of my mouth was… “That didn’t just happen.” The girls knew exactly what I meant… I needed Brian to see it. So, I picked her up and didn’t put her on the floor again. Then on the way home I called Brian and told him to come home asap tonight because she had “almost” rolled over at peps. I then pried a bit and said what would happen if she rolled over before he was home tonight? Should I just hold her the rest of the day? I asked him how upset he would be. He of course said that he would love to be home to witness everything but that just wasn’t realistic and that he would miss some things but see them later.

I got home and fed her and then felt so guilty I had lied. I called him and told him I lied  and that she had rolled over at peps group. Then, I started to cry (big surprise). To me, everything is a big deal and so special and I want to share every little thing with him. Of course that isn’t possible or realistic. There is no way I can share breastfeeding with him! 😉

He told me it was fine, and that he would see her when he got home. I know it will still be exciting for him. I guess for me I just feel guilty. I’m so blessed and thankful that I am home–but also feel guilty that he misses out on things. Maybe its a hormonal new mom thing.

I’m going to try to post the videos, but can’t seem to figure it out right now. Will post asap.

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Two months!

I thought the first month went by fast… by this last month has been a whirlwind! I think because so much has been going on, and because Brian was home half of her first month so I felt like time slowed a bit.

I continue to love this little girl to pieces! She is such a great baby and I love spending time with her. She has really grown and changed a lot in the last month. She is really great at making eye contact and holding it…she usually always wins our staring contests!

She is smiling ALL THE TIME now and it just makes my heart overflow when she smiles at me. She especially likes it when Daddy comes home from work–I know its one of her favorite times because she smiles all the way through dinner she’s so happy! She also loves to get naked and take a bath! She smiles a lot when we take her clothes off…but she gets very focused when she’s in the bath like she’s thinking very hard.

Noel and I also started going to PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) every Tuesday morning. Coincidentally my friend Stephanie from elementary school through college and I ended up in the same group! They group you by baby age and location and so we were put into the same group because her little cutie Drew was born close to Noel. There is an age span of 3 months in our group with Noel being towards to younger end. It’s been nice so far because I get to see where she is going and what milestones she will be hitting soon.

It has been really nice to meet some new moms and have some time talking about what is going in with our kids and with us! It’s always good to hear different perspectives and hear what other people are doing and trying. It is also a good activity to get out of the house! I love being off of work and being home with Noel…but I’m usually a person who likes to keep busy and so this has been a good “outing” every week! 🙂

Also this month we have been working on getting Noel on a more consistent routine. She has always been a really great sleeper, but as she transitioned from being a tiny newborn into a bigger baby she had a bit of a harder time napping. Also, they say they go through a big growth spurt around 8 weeks and I think that was true for her.

So, we are using the routine The Baby Whisperer calls, E.A.S.Y. Which stands for Eat, Activity, Swaddle, You time. Basically–feed your kid, “play” (which for Noel right now is talking to her, letting her kick her legs etc.), then watching for their “sleep cues” and then swaddling them and putting them down. Then you get a bit of time for yourself. It’s nothing special, but for me, I didn’t realize how often she needed to nap so I think she was overtired which is why she didn’t sleep very well at night for a week or so, coupled with a growth spurt. Now, she’s a champ sleeper and goes 7-9 hours every night!

I just feel so privileged to be Noel’s mom. Life is so different, but at the same time feels exactly as it should. I can’t say it enough…I love this kid so much. I feel like I was made to be a mom. Here are pictures from month two! I also got the final edits of her newborn photos which I will post soon.

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Here is our peps group at our first meeting! There are 10 babies in the group and it is a blast! On the right is Noel and Drew. 🙂

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In the picture on the right are pajamas I wore as a baby. They  have a “drop bottom” on them which is very interesting!

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I love it that her little personality is starting to blossom. This girl has spunk!

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Noel with Brian’s grandma, Fern along with Uncle Timmy and Grandpa Phil.

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Bath time is serious business!!

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This girl is a mover and a shaker!

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Brian does bath time and P.J’s. After her bath he accidently dumped A TON of baby powder on her. Whoops! I said he was trying to make her into a ghost for Halloween. She did not think it was very funny.

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Happy 2 months baby girl!

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Family Love and Halloween

I couldn’t wait for the end of October for two reasons. 1. I couldn’t wait to dress my precious babe up as a beautiful flower, and 2. and more importantly my sis and bro were coming into town to meet Noel for the first time!

It worked out (almost) perfectly that they could come the same weekend from LA and Denver. Unfortunately my brother in-law Caleb couldn’t come because he was out-of-town and had to get ready for his sermon at the new church he and my sister started in Denver called True Life Church http://www.truelifedenver.com/ So we had almost the whole family together…and it was so great!

Sara flew in late Wednesday night and came over Thursday morning to hang out with Noel and I. Then, we went and picked Tommy up from the airport. We stopped by Brian’s office and then went back to my house where everyone came over, ate pizza, tried different hard ciders and just loved on each other.

The next day mom took the day off work and dad came home from a business trip. We just hung out and ate a lot. Dad made a big meal of short ribs, sausage and meatballs and it was awesome! We won’t all be together this year for Thanksgiving or Christmas so it was really nice to have some time to just spend together. As we’ve gotten older things seem a lot more hectic and we aren’t always able to see each other and be together.

I’m so grateful for my family. I know the Noel can already feel the love from the fam. She is so lucky to have Tommy and Sara in her life even if she doesn’t get to see them all the time. Here are some pictures of family time and Noel being loved on.
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Before Sara and Tommy came home, Brian and I along with my parents and sister Allyson took Noel for her first visit to the pumpkin patch! She of course thoroughly enjoyed it as you can see from all the pictures where she is sleeping! 🙂

I, of course had a blast and I’m so excited to be making these memories with her.

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Of course, we also had to carve a pumpkin. Brian decided it needed to be smiling, but have no teeth… just like Noel! She sat in her rock n’ play and watched us very carefully while we carved pumpkins!

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Here is our beautiful girl on Halloween… dressed up as a flower. Yes, I know the flower is as big as her head. That was the idea–go big or go home right? The costume turned out exactly how I wanted it too. I don’t think she minded the big flower too much, but the first picture I imagine she’s thinking…”geez mom, enough already! Do I really have to sit here for so many pictures with this huge thing on my head? I’m having enough trouble holding it up as it is!”

We had a great day where we first visited Brian at his office so that we could have lunch and so he could show her off to everyone at the office. She was a hit. Then I took her to school with me and we visited all the Halloween parties! She drew quite the crowd. Then, we went home to meet Brian and went “trick-or-treating” at both grandparents houses! It was a very full day…and by the end of it we had one tired girl on our hands as is evidenced from the last picture!

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I am SO blessed by all these wonderful people in my life… can you feel the love??

I sure can.

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A baby changes everything… 1 month!

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I can’t believe it, but it’s been over a month since Noel became a part of our family. It really is true that a baby changes everything. I can’t imagine what our lives would be like without her because it seems like she has been a part of our family for so much longer than a month.

I feel so blessed because of everything that she is and everything I know she is going to grow up to be. Her beautiful eyes and luscious lips just make me stare at her all day. And that’s basically what we did for the first two weeks Brian was home, and what I’ve still been doing since then. We stare at her all day–intermixed with cuddling and feeding of course.

The first couple of days we had a lot of family and friends come by because it was the weekend and that was nice. Then, it was mostly just the 3 of us during the day. There isn’t much to report from those first 2 weeks or so because we just hung out and loved on her. We did do some shopping because she really didn’t have much to wear.

But some highlights from the first month include:
-the back to school BBQ at school
-going to small group
-going to Brian’s office to introduce Noel
-A smile at 10 days
-Going to Grammy’s school so she could show off!
-Her first Husky game at 2 weeks old
-Sleeping 9 hours at night at 3 weeks!
-walks to Tullys with mom
-her first church service

Here are some of my favorite photos over the past month:

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One of my favorites                                      Go Dawgs!

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First smile at 10 days!

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Walking to Tullys with mom.                  First tailgate and game!

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First time at church

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Go Hawks!

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A tired momma

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She loves sleeping in the Moby

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Noel and cousin Riley–two weeks apart!

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Noel and Great grampa                          Noel getting loved on at bible study

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Her first bath…she loved it! 😉

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Blast from the past…

I decided I had to do a post to show some pictures I had been meaning to share (baby shower and maternity photos)  but haven’t had the chance.

My sister Allyson for a baby gift gave me a maternity photo shoot! It was really fun and it was with her friend Tonie at http://toniechristine.com/ We did the photo shoot at Greenlake which is where Brian and did our engagement pictures as well. It was super fun and the shots turned out incredible!
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I am incredibly blessed by so many people. I seriously have the best family, friends and co-workers. Being that as it may, I had 4 baby showers! My co-workers at school threw me one hosted by my retiring teammate. Then, the parents of my students at school threw me a surprise shower. Then my mom’s friend Libby, my sister Allyson and friend Jacquie threw me one for family and friends. Then my mother in-laws’s best friend Gail threw me one for Brian’s side of the family. Whew! It was a lot of celebrating!

I don’t have pictures from them all, but I wanted to post some. Especially because Allyson really worked hard on decorations and they turned out so cute! These pictures are from the shower that Libby, Allyson and Jacquie threw.

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These are some of the cute decorations Allyson did for the shower!

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Here are some pictures from my shower at school:
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Snowball has arrived!

SHE’S here!!! After all that waiting and guessing and wondering, baby girl made her arrival on September 5th at 8:51am. We named her Noel Kay Christensen and she weighed 6lbs, 15oz and was 19 3/4 inches long. Here is our sweet bundle!

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She arrived after a very long (33 hour!) labor. I got to teach the first day of school on September 4th and then had a Drs. appointment in the afternoon. It was my typical twice a week stress test monitoring appointment and while I was there I had several contractions while on the monitor. They were painless and I didn’t even really realized I was having them until the nurse pointed them out and showed me how my stomach was tightening during the contraction.

I thought, pretty cool but I don’t think the baby will come yet. I heard people can have contractions like that for days. But…on the off chance labor would start soon I told Brian I wanted to go out for dinner. So we headed to one of our favorite places, the Alehouse Pub in Bothell. During dinner I would laugh and say, “oh I’m having a contraction right now!” But as it turns out…I wasn’t laughing for long! 🙂

We went to bed around midnight and at 12am almost on the dot… I woke up with painful contractions. They were fairly far apart and I tried to sleep in between each one. After several hours it was useless and Brian and I were up and he was keeping track on my contractions. After laboring at home at around 10:30am my contractions were 3-5 minutes a part. Brian called my Dr. and we were told to come on down to the hospital. We got there and I was feeling pretty awful and was in a lot of pain. We arrived at the triage center around 11:30 and they took us into the triage center to check how far I was dilated. Unfortunately, I was only at 2cm. So, she said to go walk around for 2 hours and then come back to be checked. I was super disappointed, but I thought, I can do this for two more hours!

Brian suggested we go to the mall to walk around… I said are you kidding me? I can barely function when a contraction comes! So, we went home and I walked around at home. During these two hours the contractions were very strong and at times coming on top of each other so that one contraction was lasting several minutes. I pretty much felt like I was dying.

We finally made it back to the hospital around 2:30 to be checked again. I was still only 2cm! I was very upset, cried and didn’t know how I was going to continue. The nurse suggested I take a medicine that is similar to Benadryl that makes you sleepy and helps to relax you. I guess she could see that I was a bit on edge. 🙂 She gave it to me and told me that go home and relax and come back in about 4 hours because she couldn’t admit me until I was dilated further.

So again, we made the trek home. I tried to rest and the medicine did make me groggy. I drifted in and out of sleep but as each contraction came I would wake. At 6:30 I was in a ton of pain and had been laboring on my own for so long and our 4 hours were up! So we headed back to the hospital. When we go there and Brian helped me change into a gown I told him I better be farther along because I don’t know what I would do if they sent us home again. But, low and behold… I was dilated to 4, almost 5 cm! Hallelujah!

When she told me that, I said thank goodness and can I please have an epidural now?? She said she would get me admitted and take me up to my room and yes… then I could have the epidural!

So we were admitted by 7pm and I slowly made my way to my room. There were many nurses in my room and I made a comment that there were so many people and they said… yeah it’s been a slow day. We are excited to have something to do! They got me settled and then by 8pm the Dr. came in to give me the epidural. I was really nervous because my contractions were really strong and I was afraid I would move…but the nurses held me and it went just fine. In just a few minutes I felt the contractions subside and the numbness overtake my lower half and it was magical!

My family showed up, I was able to sleep and things were good! It had been 16 hours without medication and now that I had it I was feeling great. All night I continued to labor although it was very manageable with the epidural. The nurses continued to check my progress and at about 3:30am I was fully dilated. They called on the on-call Dr. and a bit after 4:00am I started to push. It was so exhausting…I ended up pushing for a very long time. Long enough in fact, that my Dr. came in to relieve the on-call Dr. because it was morning!

I ended up pushing for about 4 1/2 hours and then the nurse called my Dr. to come over to the hospital because there wasn’t much progress and I wasn’t going to be able to continue for much longer. When Dr. Dydell showed up she said the baby was fine, but for some reason wasn’t making progress. So, she suggested we use the vacuum to help baby get around the pelvic bone. I said that was fine with me…but she said if that didn’t work we would have to go to C-section because after that we were out of options. So, they prepped everything for delivering baby.

As they were doing this strange Drs. and nurses walked in…I vaguely remember saying….”Um, Hi?” They said oh hi, we are here to assist and monitor the baby after he/she is born since they are using the vacuum. By then, another contraction had come and I thought to myself, whatever. The more the merrier…right?!

Well, one contraction with the help of the vacuum and she was crowning. Then one last push on my own and Snowball was born! It was a bit hectic at this time and Brian was trying to get a good look to see if Snowball was a boy or a girl. I remember him saying… “It’s a girl! I think…. it’s a girl? Ummm?” Then Dr. Dydell saying yes, it’s  girl. She quickly cut the cord and passed Snowball off to the specialist team. I was a bit nervous at first because she didn’t cry right away and didn’t seem to be moving much.

I was crying and crying as I watched my new baby girl being evaluated. Not because I was in pain and then at that point I knew she was okay but they were just monitoring her for a bit. But, I just couldn’t believe she was finally here. Brian and I’s child…our precious baby that we and so many other people had prayed and prayed for. All the hardship and difficulties of the last 30 months just instantly faded away as soon as my eyes locked on my precious babe. What an incredible gift!

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After a few minutes they placed my baby girl on my chest and my eyes locked with hers and I knew that I was forever changed–I was now a mom. She was calm and gazed at me and within minutes was ready to eat! (Just like her mom!) She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and Brian and I just stared at her and I just marveled at how amazing it is that she went from a tiny cell to this incredible, perfect and absolutely beautiful baby. I was so proud to be her mom and I knew instantly that I would do anything for her. I felt so incredibly blessed that this beautiful baby was mine and she was equally made from Brian and I. It truly was love at first sight. I know that God is the creator and giver of life because what a miracle that a tiny cell turns out to be this perfect human and that my body created, fed and nourished her for 40 weeks. What a miracle!

After she was born, Brian went out to spread the news to my dad and his parents that Snowball was a girl! Everyone joined us (my mom and sister Allyson were already with me when I delivered) and Brian told everyone we had named her Noel Kay. We loved the name Noel–and it is Allyson’s middle name and we found out the day after Christmas that we were finally pregnant! Then we named her Kay after my grandma that passed away in April. It has been a time of pure joy loving on my baby girl…but also there has been a nagging sadness that I just wish my grandma and Pop-pop could be here to celebrate with us and take in the joy of their first great-grandchild.

My grandma would have hugged her close and told me how much she looked like me. My Pop-pop would have immediately been on the phone telling everyone he knows the good news. I know that they are looking down from heaven and have gotten to see Noel and are so happy–but a part of me is so upset that they aren’t here to share in the joy of this new baby. Noel is an answer to prayers and these two were praying for her arrival for a very long time.

But, they are gone and are with Jesus and it does remind me that life is and can be short. I am going to just love on Noel and treasure every moment I get to spend with her and the rest of my family. What a precious gift God has blessed Brian and I with, as well as the rest of the family!

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Our first family photos…. love 🙂

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Her first poop!                                         Being weighed for the first time!

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Going home! Scary…but exciting too!

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These are just a “few” 🙂 pictures from our first two days together… more to come soon of her first couple of weeks! Thank you to everyone for your support and love. Noel has been born into such an incredible family and community of friends. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I am bursting with love and gratitude for all of you and all that we have.

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Almost there

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Well, I am 39 weeks! I can’t believe it’s almost time to meet my sweet baby. It seems a bit surreal that after all the waiting and trying the time is finally here. Everyone keeps asking us if we’re “ready” because this baby is going to change our life and nothing will ever be the same.

Oh yeah…. we know. Not that I’m naïve enough to think I got this all under control–but we know what we have gotten ourselves into and we say… “Bring it on!”

Yes, we are ready… we have been ready for the last 30 months that we have been praying for this child. I’m just so curious to meet Snowball and see if it’s a boy or girl, what he/she looks like and what their personality is. After carrying this baby and seeing so many pictures of my baby on ultrasound I am so excited to actually see my baby and hold it and love on him or her.

I’m not sure how much longer we have until baby comes… everyone at work has placed their bets, so we’ll see who wins! I went back to work this week and everyone has been trying to figure out when baby Snowball will come. But, all I know is that I’m still feeling good–even though I’m definitely more tired after working all day and my feet are paying the price! They are extremely fat!

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But everything is worth it because I will get to hold my baby so soon… as my dad has been saying we are on “BABY WATCH…2013!!!”

 

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It’s been a long while…

Hi all,

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated the blog and I feel sort of bad about that. But, there have been a lot of things going on lately. The end of school was a big one and then I didn’t have any internet for a while! Ahhh! But B just updated our wireless router and bought me a new computer. Yeah. I forgot how fast computers could go!

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes right when school was ending and that has been a lot of work. Lot’s of Dr. appts, testing my blood sugar 4x a day and keeping a food journal. I have to really watch the carbs and sugars I eat. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to control it with just food so I’m on medication now as well. It’s finally under control and I’m feeling a bit better about everything.

Also, at the end of school we sold my Red Honda and bought our family friendly car… our new Nissan Pathfinder! I was very sad to see my Honda go as I’m pretty sentimental, but I LOVE my new car.

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Good-bye Honda… Hello new Pathfinder!!

As soon as school got out it was nice to relax, cruise in my new car and start thinking about getting the nursery ready for baby Snowball! Then, we had a bit of a scare.

I had started going to a specialist Dr. office because of my diabetes and they wanted to do a growth check on Snowball to make sure he/she wasn’t getting too big. During that ultrasound they checked the heart thoroughly because ivf babies have a higher rate of heart defects. The heart looked fabulous, but they noticed some dark spots on the brain.

So, they wanted to do a fetal mri to get a closer look. They thought that the baby either had an absent corpus callosum or some cysts on the brain. We of course were freaking out and since it was Friday the soonest they could get us in was the next Tuesday. Well, after some very long days, some tears and lot’s of prayers we went in for the mri.

We were so relieved that is was absolutely nothing! Snowballs brain is just a little thicker in that area (extra smart, I think!) and on ultrasound they couldn’t tell. But on the mri everything looked perfect in our baby’s brain. Thank goodness!

I still need to post about some more things like the baby shower’s and the progression of Snowball’s nursery. But for now, here are the updated pictures of my growing belly! 🙂

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Mother’s Day for everyone else

Today is a day for moms. I love my mom–she is everything I strive to be. She loved on me, took care of me, and gave (still gives) me the tough love I need. Everywhere you go it’s mom this and mom that… it’s unescapable. I’m not trying to take anything away from moms. They are amazing and deserve the praise and recognition.

But, people tend to forget that today can be one of the hardest days for some people. For me, last mother’s day was awful.

It was the 2nd mother’s day I wasn’t pregnant and wanted to be. Facebook was all about moms, church all the moms stand up or get flowers, the radio, tv… all centered around moms which is like a continual traffic sign that reads: YOU ARE NOT A PART OF THE CLUB” It’s brutal and painful and most people have no idea how much the day can hurt.

For me, Mother’s Day today has a lot of meaning because I know that I am now going to be a mom. I feel so honored and privileged that I’m going to part of the very special moms group. But, that doesn’t mean I forget.

So, I urge you–be mindful of those that struggle on Mother’s Day. The infertile who desperately want to join the club, those that have lost children or moms, those whose children don’t want to be a part of their lives, or those kids who don’t have a mom that loved and cared for them.

Moms should be recognized and honored, but we also need to keep all of those struggle and mourn in our thoughts as well. To all of you who are still praying for that child that will make you a mom… I know today sucked and I’m sorry. I pray that you will soon have a little one to call you mom.

Mom and grandma— love you both! What incredible examples of being a godly, loving and accepting mom.

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