Tuesday, September 30, 2008

21 week bump!

Oh my look how I've grown! you cant see it, but my pants don't fit...they're not even buttoned!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wow! Roman's kicking so much!!!

So, my little man is already active...he's been kicking like crazy lately! I could just sit on the couch/chair/wherever and feel him kick all day!!! Love being pregnant!!!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

19 week bump

So I'm finally starting to get a bump where I don't look fat...but rather, kinda pregnant. Yeah!

It's a Boy!!!

We're having a baby boy! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!! We're beyond excited over here! I'm trying to upload the ultrasound photos to the blog,

At 11 weeks..kinda looks like he's holding his hands up

At 19 weeks...definitely holding his hands up...he kept moving around and flipping. At one point he was pushing onto the placenta with his hands!

This one is of his spine! How cool is that...you can see every bone in his spine! Amazing what God has made and how intricate we are put together/knitted in the womb!

His name is going to be Roman James McDonald...named after two of our favorite books of the Bible. We particularly like Romans 5:3-5 ...we are to rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us because God poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit... In James 1:2-3 it says Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. This verse reminds us that suffering/trials makes us stronger and builds our faith and character. After the miscarriage back in 2006, this verse along with Philippians's 4:13. (I can do all things through Christ who give me strength) helped Chad and I through our trial and suffering.

It's funny cuz we've had our names (one girl name and one boy name) picked out since we started considering having kids, back in 2006. So, when this pregnancy became viable, we have been excitedly waiting to meet the one God wanted to give us first! And yes, I'm already thinking about the little Diamondback outfits I can dress him in and all the fun he's gonna have playing catch with daddy. He's my little man!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Baby kicks!!!

So, on Sunday (we think) I felt something in my tummy that made me turn to Chad and say, "I think I just felt the baby move!" But I wasn't too sure until it happened more...so now I can say that yes it was the official first time I felt the baby move! Yeah!!! It's so neat and really an amazing feeling!

Then today, Chad was playing a song on his computer called "Never Let Go" by David Crowder Band (such a good song BTW) and I held the speaker up to my tummy. After a minute or less...I felt a kick on the outside! So I grabbed Chad's hand and had him feel for the baby. It was sooooo incredible! The baby moved clearly and we both looked at each other and exclaimed, "Did you feel that!?" Cool stuff! Praise God!

Tomorrow we find out if our baby is a boy or a girl...right now only God knows. Pray the baby cooperates! Until tomorrow....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

18 week bump

In this pic, I look like I ate a little too much!

You gotta laugh!

Last night I had a small bowl of cereal for snack, but I was still a little hungry. So I asked Chad to bring me the box of cereal so I could refill my bowl. Chad picked up the box and then in an instant he threw the box in the air...you know how sometimes you can't resist throwing something and flipping it in the air. Well, Chad likes to do that a lot, but at this instant... life went into slow motion....you see, Chad didn't know that the box was open...cereal went flying everywhere! Here are the pictures of our cereal covered living room. Let's just say we just had to laugh!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

17 weeks already!

So yesterday we were officially 17 weeks! That means were in the 18th week which is very exciting. The baby should be starting to move around more and I should be able to feel "quickening" soon. So far the pregnancy has had it's adventures. Here's what's been happening.

I've noticed that acne comes in cycles...interesting to see the connection. Recently just as the acne was calming down on neck, my IBS acted up pretty severely. The Lord is definitely preparing me for childbirth, labor and being a mom because during IBS I get severe pain, sleepless nights, and of course fatigue. I'm not complaining though. Seriously, this would be a perfect opportunity to say "why me?!!!" But honestly, I've been appreciative of the pain tolerance I'm building up and the strength that I'm finding from God. Sure, it's frustrating when you can't move, eat, or stray far from the toilet or have to take baths every 3 hours (for only 10 minutes cuz you can't raise your body temperature too high). But it goes away and I continuously praised Him for never leaving my side. Chad has been a HUGE support too, he rubs my back and stays by my side as well. Maybe God's preparing him also for when he sees me in labor.

I'm also in the middle of what might be an interesting discovery. I might be developing a gluten/wheat intolerance. As I mentioned earlier, I wasn't able to eat anything for 3 days without it horribly reacting to my stomach. Then I tried some gluten free products and I could tolerate them! There's a pizza place that offers a whole gluten free menu (pizza, wings, etc.) Now, I'm still doing research and I'm in the process of determining whether the gluten intolerance only occurs during IBS or if it's a pregnancy related thing. Who knows. It was nice to know that my midwife's assistant, Allison, has IBS also and had to regulate her gluten intake.

Now my IBS is starting to feel better and showing signs of relief! Praise God! Then, I noticed a couple days ago that I've developed a rash on my sides of my body. Of course my midwife, Sue, is having me keep a close eye on it although I suspect it's my body's way of getting rid of something. Hormones can do wonderful things to a woman's body, but it's all worth it to have a gift from God growing inside of me!

So all in all, pregnancy is a beautiful thing. I've memorized Psalm 23 and have been reciting it daily. Although I'm not in the valley of the shadow of death....there were times when it hurt more than I've ever experienced. It's funny what verses you find that comfort you in crazy times.

I'll keep you all posted when I feel any "quickening"