…the Rest of the Story

Profile View This is a profile view, it’s (okay it’s really) muddled because she had her hands up by her head almost the entire time…but if you look closely you can make out her nose and her upper lip and maybe an eye. (EEK! I’m just so tickled that I get to say “she,” somebody pinch me.)

I decided to post another pic today and tell you a little bit more about the ultrasound visit…so since this is not wordless…it wont be labeled “Wordless Wednesday.” We took Drew with us to the ultrasound, and we were also accompanied by my mother. It’s become a family tradition…everyone goes to the ultrasounds! But Drew was a new one this time. He was squirmy, as can be expected from a 4 year old boy. Heck, my husband was squirmy…it must just be the boy thing…
The doctor started examining things…and I looked at the screen. A familiar feeling came over me. I felt just like I did when I found out baby number 2 was going to be a boy…and then I thought for sure I had just seen a boy part, and I felt kind of nauseous. It didn’t help that the doctor kept on saying “he” this, and “he” that. Kevin asked him why he kept on saying “he”, suspecting that maybe the doctor could already tell the sex, and the doctor explained that he just didn’t like calling the baby “it.” I finally breathed a little bit. Then the doctor stopped the picture and pointed out something and explained that those looked like girl parts, but he wasn’t 100% sure, and he’d try to get a better look. My heart started to leap. I could hear Drew in the background protesting, since he really wanted another brother. My mom was expressing her excitement, and Kevin was holding back until we got a better answer. It took a little bit, as it seems this baby is on the modest side and didn’t want to reveal herself (who can blame her.) Then finally we got the perfect view and sure enough…it’s a girl. Kev asked the doctor how sure he was, and he said 99.9%, unless it’s a boy and he’s reaching down there and um, well, pulling “everything” up, which he’d only ever seen happen once. We’re pretty sure that wasn’t happening seeing that her hands were up by her head almost the entire time. Upon being told this, Kevin, who was also hoping for another boy, let out a sort of half amused, half dissappointed, half “I was wrong” (wait a minute, that’s too many halves…anyways…) groan. I looked at him and could tell he was really happy for me. He knows how badly I’ve wanted this. Then I could see all the fear set in. I haven’t had much of chance to talk to him about what he really thinks about having a girl, but I imagine that the thought of having another “fragile” beauty to protect, is not exactly settling. Drew was in the background with his grandma still saying he wanted a boy. I think grandma was just making happy sounds for me at this point, and trying to explain to Drew that it would still be really cool, and he would get to protect his very own little sister. At this point I was swelling with pride and some big time relief! Even though I had resolved with myself that I’d be just as happy if we were having a 3rd boy, I really don’t know how I would have reacted. Then we looked around some more and Drew went on to comment that it looked like a “Darth Vader baby,” and, well, I could see why he would think that. (Hee, hee.) Everything else looked good, as I said before. She was measuring a July 14th due date instead of a July 20th (one can only hope!) My placenta was a little low (which is normal too) so I’ll have another ultrasound around 30 weeks to make sure it has moved up to where it needs to be. My midwife came in an congratulated us and answered any questions we had. I asked if my EKG came back alright, and she was pretty sure it had come back normal (thank God!) Then Kevin asked, “What do we do when she’s 15?” At this point, I’m not worried about that far in the future…I’m just really glad we don’t have to endure another circumcision. 😉

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So I Had My Ultrasound Yesterday…

All Five Toes

Everything is looking good, we have all ten toes and fingers, the heart has four ventricles and is beating right along, we saw kidneys and bladders, and the baby is measuring about a week before my due date of July 20th, and….oh yeah, and IT’S A GIRL!!!

I can’t tell you how happy I am! I have been praying and hoping for a girl for so long, and I feel so very blessed that God thinks it’s a good thing for us to have one too.

Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Oh, and P.S. if you’d like to see more ultrasound pictures, just click on the above photo and it will take you to the rest.

This is What Happens When You Teach Kids the Real Names of Things

Last night as we were preparing the boys for bed…
Kevin: “Drew have you gone potty?”
Drew: “But Daaad, there’s nothing in my butt or in my pen!s.” (sorry, didn’t want to completely spell out that word and attract sickos.)
To which Kev turned and looked at me and desperately tried not to laugh. Me, I just threw all abandon to the wind and let it roar. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time, and it felt really good.

How Have You Changed Over the Years?

10 YEARS AGO…. (By the way, I stole this from Jill, today.)

It was Feb 1997!

1.) How old were you? 17

2.) Where did you go to school? Rifle High School, yippee skippee, insert eye roll here…

3.) Where did you work? Oh boy, this is embarrassing too, I made sandwiches at the local deli, which was in our local gas station…

4.) Where did you live? Silt, CO (yes, it exists, and yes, there were bumper stickers that said “Silt Happens”)

5.) Where did you hang out? I hung out at home quite a bit with my folks, since it was February, on the weekends, you could find me snowboarding at the closest ski resort with family, boyfriend, or my few girlfriends who actually snowboarded

6.) Did you wear glasses? no

7.) Who was your best friend? Melissa Wyman

8.) How many tattoos did you have? 0

9.) How many piercings did you have? total of four, all in my ears

10.) What car did you drive? Little Red Nissan Sentra with a moon roof

11.) Had you been to a real party yet? yes, and I was so nervous I couldn’t enjoy it, and consequently hated every moment until I left

12.) Had your heart broken? absolutely

13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter: In a relationship

FIVE YEARS AGO……………………………………………….

It was February 2002…..

1.) How old were you? 22

2.) Where did you go to school? Mesa State College

3.) Where did you work? Heirlooms of Tomorrow as a rocking horse painter and butt stuffer

4.) Where did you live? GJ, CO

5.) Where did you hang out? at friends houses, my house

6.) Who were your best friends? Melissa, Allison, and my hubby

7.) Did you wear glasses? sunglasses…

8.) Who was your crush? uh…my hubby!

9.) How many tattoos did you have? 0

10.) How many piercings did you have? total of 6, 5 in my ears and one in my nose

11.) What car did you drive? still my sporty red Nissan Sentra

12.) Had you had your heart broken? how does this change from the last time?

13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter: Married and happy!

****February 2007****

1.) How old are you? 27

2.) Where do you work? at home

3.) Where do you live? Not telling, CO

4.) Do you wear glasses? sunglasses

5) Who do you hang out with? My sister and her hubby, my parents, the occasional wife/girlfriend of a basement recording artist, Adam & Mel, and Allie & Jim, and of course Jill and Isaac when they visit!

6.) Do you talk to your old friends? Yes, I do…thanks to myspace

7.) How many piercings do you have? same as five years ago…still contemplating possibly getting my belly button done some day when I have abs again (Bwahahahaha!)

8.) How many tattoos? still 0, but my sisters, mom and I have kind of neat idea for a matching one. I don’t know if we’ll ever be brave enough to do it…the permanence thing is kind of scary…

9.) What kind of car do you have? A Chevy Suburban and a Toyota Camry (my favorite is the Camry, but I get to drive the mom-mobile most of the time)

10.) Has your heart been broken? hasn’t changed from 10 years ago, in fact, it’s probably been broken several times over by now…

11.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter? Married and still happy

12.) Where do you hang out? At home, but when hubby and I do go out, we have a favorite little sushi place we like to go to…

How far have you come in ten years?

MS Support

As many of you know, last year my mom was diagnosed with MS. Just a brief update as to her progress; she has been taking her medication for a little over nine months now, and it has been a rough road, but I think she is finally starting to feel a bit towards whatever “normal” is. She had an incidence with some supplements she started taking (these were intended to keep her as healthy as possible and boost things that will help suppress MS, maybe heal things and so on.) It seems that some of them taken in high dosages can make you, well, a little sick. It took us about 6 weeks to figure this out. (Better luck next time!) She has also altered her diet to maximize her health as well, and it certainly seems to be working. Otherwise, some of her symptoms, have gotten a little better, though haven’t completely gone away (yet.) She has actually had days where she realizes that she feels good, and this is a big deal! We are thankful for every one of those days, and are hoping they increase in numbers as the weeks and months unfold.
In light of this, I wanted to point you all to another blogger who is doing a 150 mile bike ride to benefit finding a cure for MS. If you feel so inclined, touched, lead, or whatever, check it out and lend your support. Thank you!

17 Weeks Along

17 Weeks Along

I thought it was about time I posted another belly shot. So far, so good. No more nausea to speak of, still a little on the tired side, but that should let up for a while pretty quick here. I am feeling the baby move a little bit here and there. One of the times I felt a kick was when I was talking about having a birthday in July…I thought that was funny. We get to have our ultrasound on the 26th, so hopefully we’ll be able to tell what it is! There are a few more pregger pictures on my Flickr site, so click on the above pic to check ’em out.