Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I can't believe Christmas Eve is here! 
I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families and a beautiful day! Lee and I will be celebrating with family here for the next few days, and then heading to North Carolina for a few days to visit my extended family. So I might not be around for a little.. but I'll still try to pop in once and a while! 

I hope we all can remember that Christmas isn't about any of us, but about Jesus. 
Thank you Lord for sending Your Son so we could have life in You! 

Merry Christmas, friends! :) 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

17 weeks!

I'm in shock that I'm already 17 weeks! It's weird... you'd think that you would feel all kinds of weird things going on inside with a baby the size of a ONION swimming around in you! But I'm feeling super great... I even feel perfectly normal! So crazy. The second trimester has been a breeze, really. Such a drastic change from the first! I just love being pregnant. It really has been and will continue to be the most exciting time in both of our lives. 
I can't stop thinking and talking about our baby! Sometimes I can't even believe that our little one is actually in there. 

Last week, I bought this adorable little snowsuit thing for baby:
I thought it could totally be for a boy or girl even though it was in the boy section. It's super soft and so so cute! The picture doesn't really give it justice. But the best part, it was on sale for $6! 
Hehe. It's so incredibly fun buying clothes for our little one! 

I definitely have a little bump... but still not big enough that anyone besides Lee or I would really notice TOO much. I'll have to put up bump pictures soon! It just feels silly because it still looks tiny! 

Anyways, you should all head over here and read this post. Every year at Christmas time (well really all the time), I think about how frustrated I am with how we have turned the birth of Christ into such a commercialized, self-centered time of year. We truly have lost the meaning, and its time I stop thinking about it and really do something to change it.
 I hope this post will encourage you, like it did me!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

All moved in

Goodness. We've been moved in to our new apartment for awhile now.. but just yesterday we got our internet set up!
 I've missed you all :) 

Things have been a little crazy over here with setting up house, decorating for Christmas (not that we did too much), Christmas shopping, and work! We are both happy with the apartment. I'm thankful that we found a nice place that was a good price. 
Baby is still growing and happy as can be ;) I haven't felt any real movement yet... it should be happening soon though! We're so excited to feel our sweet one! 

I can't believe Christmas is only 5 days away! Time has definitely been flying lately. 
Hope you all are doing well! It's such a wonderful time of year, isn't it? 

We were shocked when our apartment complex told us no real Christmas trees. Such a bummer. But I wasn't going to let that stop us ;) So we found this sweet little potted Christmas tree. We thought it was super cute & its real! :) 
 Baby even got a little stocking! Next year, we'll actually get to put things in it! (I think we'll upgrade the size a little too) :)

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A post about baby

Lee and I both realize that while most people are very happy for us during this exciting time, there are also people that are quick to judge.
So I just wanted to address a couple questions that people may be asking!

You're so young, why so soon? Don't you want to wait until your more settled in life? 
We realize that for a lot of people this may seem super quick. But for us, it was a long thought out process. Both of us are very ready to have a baby (well, as ready as you can be!! :) and have been for quite awhile now. Everyone is ready at a different time, and whether sooner or later... that is okay! 

Was this an accident unplanned?
NO. Much to some people's surprise, Lee and I had been trying to get pregnant for 5 months before we actually landed pregnant. We decided to keep it on the down low that we were trying just so we could enjoy that time together. I really liked Lee and I being the only ones to know for awhile.. it was a really special time between the two of us. It also made for a wonderful, shocking surprise to tell my family!! :)
I also want to say, that no matter if this child was planned or not planned he or she would be loved just the same. Life is such a gift! 

Lee and I feel blessed beyond words to be given this opportunity to be parents. Neither of us take this gift lightly. At times, I am overwhelmed that God has entrusted this sweet baby to us. I feel undeserving, but so so blessed. 

Here are some random facts about baby right now:
Today I am 15 weeks! This is going so fast!
The baby is the size of a ORANGE! 
I am showing just a tiny bit. Although, I think sometimes I get bloating and the baby bump confused ha
I have been feeling pretty good lately. The second trimester is treating me well :) Besides some certain, occasional pregnancy discomforts... which I won't get into on here. ;)
 I am eagerly waiting to feel our sweet little one in there! I still have a few weeks to go, but I can only imagine how amazing it will be to feel him or her swimming around in there! 
We both LOVE our midwife and we've only met with her once. I feel so thankful that we found such a perfect match for our little family! 
Sometimes I am moved to tears just thinking about how much I love this baby. I can't even begin to describe how I feel about our little one. It's a love that is impossible to explain in words. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

We moved

It's been so crazy around here that I haven't even gotten to tell you guys that we MOVED last month! It was a pretty big move too. All the way from FL to PA! 
Most of you know that PA is where Lee and I both grew up and lived until we moved to FL last April. We decided to move back to our hometown during my pregnancy/birth just to be closer to family and such. We also have a good job set up here... so thats a major plus. 
It was hard leaving FL, we both really liked our little town and loved our apartment. But, I think this is a good place to be for now. I'm not sure that we'll be here for very long after the birth.. but were enjoying the time with family while we have it! 
This Friday were moving into our new apartment and were pretty excited about it! I'm excited to finally get a little Christmas tree and decorate too! 

Anyways, I hope you all had a good weekend!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Our first appointment!

So yesterday was actually our first baby appointment! 
I was so excited for the day but I also had been freaking myself out a little about it for awhile before it. I feel like I was constantly having nightmares of not being able to find the heartbeat, or being told that I was never even pregnant. Haha... I know, ridiculous, but true! 

Anyway, Lee and I have decided to go with a midwife for various reasons (a post about that will be coming eventually!) So we headed over to her sweet little house/office in the country for our appointment. On our way there, she actually called and said that one of her amish clients was in labor and coming in at anytime to give birth! She said that it would be fine if we still came, as she has more then one room.  
Ha! Isn't that so cool?! Someone would possibly be giving birth while we were there?! 
So, when we got there, she took us back into the smaller room and we basically just talked about prenatal care, midwifes, and that sort of stuff. 
At this point, the amish family had come in and went into their room. 
During our conversation with the midwife, there was a knock on our door and sure enough the baby was coming! (they had just gotten there like 35 minutes before!!) So, she left us in there while she went to be with them. Lee and I were listening closely and then next thing we knew, there was a sweet baby crying! I can't even explain how I felt when I heard it. It was so so cool to be "there". 
So thats our awesome little experience with sort of being there for someone's birth. Haha.. I know sort of crazy for the first time, but a awesome story nonetheless! 
After the midwife was finished up with them, she came in and got out the doppler so we could hear the heartbeat. Like I said before, this was our very first appointment, so we hadn't ever heard the heartbeat. I'm sure you can imagine how excited we were for it! I tried to block out my fear of her not being able to find it. She looked for a little while on the right side, and was having trouble (I started to freak in my mind a little at this point) ...but when she moved over to the left side, we heard the most perfect beautiful sound! I can't even put into words that moment. It was like finally I knew, for sure, that our sweet baby really was growing inside of me. 
These past 3 months have felt like Christmas to me, despite all the sickness and throwing up, it's just so exciting to know that our little one is in there constantly!

Oh, how we love this little one so much already!