Dear Sprout,

Thursday, May 31, 2012
I just want to let you know how much Daddy and I love you already.  I think about you just about every minute of every day.  I never thought I could love something, or someone, so small this much!  You have been growing for almost 7 weeks now.  You are only about 1/4 of an inch long.  That's tiny; about the size of a sweet pea.  You are doing a lot of changing right now.   Your sweet little face is starting to form, and I can't wait to see it!


Every day, Daddy gets more and more excited about you.  He is having a really hard time keeping you as a secret.  He wants to tell everyone that you are on your way.  I might let him start telling people after we hear your heartbeat.  That means he only has to wait another three weeks or so.


I cannot wait to hear your heartbeat; to have that proof that you really are there.  The only proof that I have so far is how tired I have been and the little bit of queasiness I feel some days.  I don't mind those though.  It's just a reminder that we will have a little one in our lives before long.


Keep growing healthy and strong, little sprout.  These next 7 and a half months will fly by, and then you will be in our arms before we know it.  I can hardly wait until then.  When I will finally get to see you and watch you grow and get to know who you will become.  You truly are a miracle.  God is already forming you into the wonderful person you will be.  He already knows everything about you.  And as much as Mommy and Daddy love you, God already loves you so much more.  I hope you feel loved little one!


Love,
Mommy

6 Weeks

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Total Weight Gain:  0


Maternity Clothes: nope


Sleep:  Pretty good.  I usually sleep through the night without waking up.  I have been having some pretty crazy dreams though.


Movement:  Not yet; it's still too early.


Boy or Girl?  It is way too early to find out.  Corey is definitely pushing for a boy though.  He keeps telling the baby to be a boy.  Like that is going to work.


Food Cravings: No real cravings yet.


Food Aversions:  Just about everything; nothing ever sounds good.


What I Miss:  Being able to eat whatever I want without the fear of getting sick.


Size of Baby:  A Sweet Pea (about .2 inches)


Baby's Development:  Over the past week, baby's jaws, cheeks, chin, and ear canals have started to develop.  Baby's kidneys, liver, and lungs have also started to take shape.


Best Part of this Week:  My first prenatal appointment.  It made everything seem more real.


What I'm Looking Forward To:  Our first ultrasound.  I can't wait to see our little sprout's heartbeat!  Only three more weeks!


(In a few weeks, I will include a bump picture in my weekly updates.  There is not really a bump to show off at this point.)

Dear Sprout,

Thursday, May 24, 2012
This past couple of weeks have been so exciting!  I found out not so long ago that you are on your way.  I have of course told your daddy and then your grandparents, aunt, and uncles.  Everyone is so excited that you will be joining our family.  They cannot wait until January to see your sweet little face!  Don't rush though.  I am going to enjoy having you all to myself for the next eight months.


If I am being honest with you, your daddy is a little scared.  You are going to bring a big change to our lives, and even good changes can be scary.  But don't worry.  Your daddy is very excited and already loves you very much.  We both do!


I am already praying for you every day and look forward to getting to hold you.  Snuggle in for now though; work on growing healthy and strong.


Love,
Mommy

Telling Our Families

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


We finally told our families on Sunday. 

Both of our Dad’s have been pushing for us to have them over for a cookout.  We were supposed to have both of our families over last Father’s Day to use our new grill, patio, and patio furniture.  Almost a year later, we finally have the patio furniture put together and ready to use.  So we invited our parents, brothers, and sister over for a cookout.  At least they thought that was why they were coming over. ;)

After church, they all came over for hot dogs, burgers, lemonade, and banana pudding.  After we had all gathered outside around the table, and all the food was ready, I asked Corey to bless the food.  After thanking God for the opportunity to have everyone together and thanking Him for the food, Corey ended the blessing with

“…and thank you for the new addition to our family  that will be coming.  Amen.”

We looked up and my mom started balling.  My mother-in-law screamed.  It took a minute for the men to figure out what just happened.  Then there were LOTS of tears, smiles, and hugs.   No one in our family expected such wonderful news.  They all thought they were going to have to wait another two years for a baby.

After the initial shock wore off, we got to eat the yummy food Corey cooked.  The conversation for the rest of the day centered on baby things.  And fussing at me for ‘lying’ to everyone for a week. 

No one was happy when I told them they had to keep this a secret for at least another five weeks, but they promised they would do their best.  They are each so excited that they are busting at the seams to tell everyone they know that they are going to be a grandpa, grandma, aunt, or uncle.

I can already tell that this little sprout is going to be loved and spoiled beyond belief.  This little one is so lucky to have such a wonderful family!

It's Real...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I think I am finally starting to believe that this is real.  I am pregnant.  We are going to have a baby!


All of this set in when at my first prenatal appointment today.  I met with the prenatal nurse this morning.  I have known her since I was a little girl; she was so excited when she saw it was me (she didn't recognize my married name on the forms she had.)  I loved that my first appointment so personal...just chatting like old friends! 


We went over what I need to be doing and what I need to avoid to make sure this baby is as healthy as possible.  To the best of my ability, I gave her my family medical history.  I think I told her everything; I should have taken my mom with me.  You never get too old to take your mom to the doctor with you, right?  Oh well, I am sure I was able to tell the nurse enough.  :)


My next appointment is scheduled for June 18th.  We will meet with the doctor, and I will have my first ultrasound.  Corey and I will get to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time!  I don't want to rush things, but June 18th needs to hurry up.  Four weeks seems like a long time to wait!

Telling Daddy-To-Be

Monday, May 21, 2012

Since January, I have had a couple of things to give to Corey when we did get pregnant.  I wrapped them up Saturday night, hoping I would finally tell Corey about our little sprout the next morning.

I woke up extra early Sunday morning so I would have plenty of time to share the news with the soon-to-be Daddy.  After convincing myself that I actually was pregnant, I went back into our room to tell Corey.  I sat on the bed, gift in hand, and started the following conversation:

Me: Corey…

        Corey…

        COREY!

Corey: What? It’s still dark.

Me: I know, but I have an early anniversary present for you.

Corey: I didn’t think we were doing anniversary gifts.  I have to open it right now?

Me: Yes, right now.

I handed him the gift and waited with anticipation as he sleepily unwrapped it.

"So You're Going To Be A Dad" by Peter Downey and baby Vans


Corey:  Is this for in the future, or are you trying to tell me something?

Me: I am trying to tell you that I am pregnant!

After the initial shock, he admitted that he is excited.  A little scared, as expected, but excited nevertheless.

Secrets

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I thought I was really good at keeping secrets, but not telling anyone about our little sprout is killing me!

I told Corey on Mother’s Day that I was pregnant, but we decided to wait a week to tell our families.  This has been one long week!  


Our families have been pressuring us to have kids since we got married.  (That is three years of "When are you going to make us grandparents?" and "I want a nephew!")  Except from my mom.  She told us we had to wait until she graduated and got a job.  Sorry mom.  


We had dinner with our families on Mother’s Day, and trying to keep my mouth shut all night just about killed me.  The entire dinner conversation centered on trying to convince us to go ahead and have a baby already.  We heard things like 


"There should be three moms at this table."


and...


"We would babysit all the time."


and...


"I need to get a mini van to carry around all my future grand babies."


Little did they know one was already on the way.  ;)

Do you know how hard it is to keep a secret this big when you talk to your mom every day?  And when every time you see your bother he not-so-subtly hints that he wants a niece or nephew?  I am so glad the wait is almost over.  We are finally going to tell our families tomorrow!

Surprise!

Friday, May 18, 2012

We are having a baby!


Corey and I have been married for three years.  I have been ready for kids almost that long.  Corey was not quite as eager; his plan was to wait until we had been married for five years.  I agreed to that before we got married, but a girl can change her mind.

In December, we BOTH decided we were ready to start trying, two years earlier than our original plan.  Five months later, we have a little miracle on the way!

My original plan was to not test this month unless there was some glaring sign that I should.  Then I decided that if I was pregnant, I wanted to know by Mother's Day.  OK, so I technically wouldn't be a mom yet, but I could still celebrate quietly, right? 

I took the first test the Friday before Mother's Day after I got home from work.  On that first test, the second line was so faint, I was almost convinced I was seeing things.  Maybe I was just seeing what I wanted to see.

I took another test on Saturday, the second line was a little darker, but I still wasn't convinced.

I tested again on Sunday because who knows?  Those first two may have lied.  That one convinced me.  It was definitely positive.  I was so excited when I clearly saw that second line pop up immediately!  It took everything I had not to run back to the bed and yell "I'M PREGNANT" at Corey, but I don't think he would have appreciated that at 6:00 in the morning.  I did tell Corey the good news that morning before church, but I'll share that story later. 

As long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a mom more than anything else.  I am thrilled beyond words that in less than nine months, motherhood will be my reality!

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