Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Baby Picture

We had our "NT" scan on Monday. Everything came back well within the normal range and the baby looked great!

The best part? The baby had hiccups! It was so cool to see the baby doing something so ... real.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Public Enemy Number One

Pretty much all of it. Anything I eat either makes me nauseous, tastes terrible, gives me heart burn, or gives me gas. However I'm 13 weeks today! I'm anxiously awaiting the joys of the second trimester.

Also, I looked down today - my stomach is sticking out farther than my chest! Not so cute, just yet. I'm hoping it starts looking evident that I'm pregnant sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Telling My Parents

Note: A lot of these blogs are being posted for my own memories, so sorry if they are long :-)

When I told Chris, he had to go out of town for 12 days the next morning. Knowing that I would be spending a lot of time with my parents those 12 days, we decided we should tell them right away.

This turned out to be a good decision since they walked in the door that day with a bottle of wine and a bottle of tequila!

You remember the golf balls I used to tell Chris? The day before that, I had a pretty good idea that I was pregnant. So that day (Saturday) I was shopping with my mother. Having NO idea that we were even thinking about having a baby, she saw the golf balls. She suggested I buy them to use to tell him when I get pregnant.

So you know how Sunday morning went ... Chris gone, I'm home alone, dying to share my news. My parents kept calling asking to either come over or asking if I could watch their dog for the afternoon. Normally both of these things get a big, "Of course!" out of me. But I had to say no, and honestly ... it came out pretty awkwardly and rudely. I don't normally have to tell them no, and had no excuse why I was turning them down!

Finally Chris comes home, and after we'd talked about it for a while he tells me to call my parents and invite them over to "grill." The conversation went like this:

"Hey Mom! Why don't you and Dad come over? We'll grill steaks."

"Actually, your father and I are downtown at the dog park, can we do it next weekend?"

"Um, no. Come over."

"What? But we're already downtown and already ate dinner."

"Well, um. Well. Just come over."

(Wearily) "...Okay. We'll be there in a little while."

"Hurry up."

Awkward conversations with my mother like that don't happen very often! So after my rudeness earlier, she knew something was up. I had to tell Chris to stop crying! I was worried they would walk in and think we were getting a divorce or something bad ;-)

A few minutes after they arrived, Chris says that I gave him a pretty cool gift that day and gets out the golf balls.

Dad got it pretty quickly since he doesn't play golf (hence, the "Dad" golf balls were not for him!). My mother, though ... she said, "No, Sara! You were supposed to wait until you are pregnant!" .... crickets .... "OHMYGOSH!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!"

We cried, we laughed. We talked about it all night. We had steak and shrimp and a whole fabulous dinner. Sunday, April 25, 2010 is on my Top 5 Days Ever list. You always imagine how it will "be" when you are pregnant - how you'll tell people, what it will be like, how you'll feel. This day could not have been better if it were planned out.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sneaky, Sneaky

Dear Morning Sickness,

That was a sneaky move, coming back at 12.5 weeks. Your 3 week absence was much appreciated. Can we go back to that please?

Thanks so much (you dirty jerk),
Sara and baby

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Telling Chris

I was about 3 days late, and I've never been more than a day or two late. I also was having no signs that Aunt Flow was on her way. So I knew it was time to take the test that Sunday morning.

Not surprisingly, the first thing I said was, "Holy sh*t! OH.MY.GOSH!" Then I walked back into our bedroom and got back in bed, totally amazed.

Except ... Chris is rushing out the door for a game of golf with his friend Lance. I thought, "Hey, you're going to be a Daddy!" would be a pretty abrupt way to send him off to golf. So I smiled and told him to have a good day.

That was He even stopped to have drinks on the way home!! Normally, this would not be a problem, but I was exploding with excitement!

I had bought these golf balls to tell him when the time was right:

So that day, I wrapped them up in a small gift bag. This wasn't anything to make him curious. I do all the shopping and like to find surprises for him. He's pretty used to coming home and having random little gifts from me.

When he finally got home about 5pm, I let him settle in for a minute. Then I told him he had a gift on the table in the kitchen. When he opened it, he saw "DAD" right away. Without even taking the golf balls out, or asking any questions, he ...

Burst Into Tears

I can count on one hand the number of times (before this day) I'd seen Chris cry. He just doesn't cry. Until now.

He cried, he hugged me, he cried some more. We talked about the future, he cried some more, we talked about what our baby would be like, he cried some more. He hugged Kimber, he cried some more. He hugged Bandit, he cried some more.

It was perfect :-)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Baby Lamb!

I think word has spread now that Chris and I are having a baby!

When we first got married in January of 2008, our "plan" was to start trying to have a baby that August. Well, I'm sure you all know how plans go! August came and went and neither of us felt any rush to have a baby. I know it's a cliche, but we were having fun being married. After 5 years of being together, we didn't expect marriage to change our relationship so much!

2009 was a rough year for us. Stress from the economy, stress from Chris travelling so much, and loosing Chris's grandmother really didn't leave us in a good place. We made a decision that it wasn't the time.

After years of problems with hormonal birth control, I did go off that in December 2008. I spent about 6 months charting my cycle and "trying to avoid" (as its called) getting pregnant. What I found was that I had a very, very regular cycle. So being birth control-free really worked well for us for a year and half (and had wonderful side affects: Hello my old friend, Sex Drive!).

When 2010 came around, we were both frustrated. The economy had been in the dumps for a long time. Granted, we have been very blessed through this down time in America, and certainly haven't suffered as much as many families. There was still that uncertainty of what's to come in the future.

However, I think we both got to a point where we were tired of money being the deciding factor. We had a trip planned to Playa Del Carmen in May, and the new "plan" (remember what I said about plans) was to try for a baby and just see what happened when we got back from Mexico.

6 weeks before Mexico, Chris was in town for a long weekend. The first night, I told him that he had to keep his baby making parts away from me. We had an all-you-can-drink vacation planned! The next night, well ... I do love my wine. I had had a glass or two (or three). In the heat of the moment, I'm pretty sure I said, "Fine with me! No one gets pregnant on the first try anyways!"

2 weeks later:

Yah, I peed on that :-P

One sober trip to Mexico and 4 weeks from the home pregnancy test, the doctor confirmed that Baby Lamb was alive and doing well!

A couple weeks later, the nausea was gone. Again, I was very lucky in that I wasn't actually throwing up (very often) - just tired and feeling like I needed to throw up. However, extreme dizziness and blacking out led me to my doctor's office. Just when I was thinking I'd gone all the way over there to be told I was dehydrated, she showed me Baby Lamb again! And looking like a BABY!
10 weeks:

(Y'all ... there's a human being inside me!!)
We have been very, very blessed and I don't want anyone to think we are taking it for granted. I have stories to share about the joy we've experienced the last few weeks, the happy tears we're all crying, and the thankful prayers I say everyday.
More to come!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Friends, Family, and Pets #11

"Take Chris on a weekend getaway to somewhere we've never been." Well we went for a week instead, and had a great time in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico!

The bathroom alone was enough of a vacation! Jetted tub!

This is a Coati. They were all over the resort and absolutely adorable!

Chris and I after dinner at the steakhouse. Yum!

Chris went fishing :-) I did not.

Everything, everywhere you went, was so lush and green.

All the architecture and decorations was so beautiful, huge, and over the top!

I spent a wonderful afternoon in this hammock on our balcony watching the coaties play in the trees.

Wild iguanas everywhere!

One morning I had a kitty visitor in my room :-)

Aaaah. Relaxing on the beautiful beach.

A Momma peacock laying on her egg!


This was huge 6 or 7 story tall snake over one of the bars. Amazing!

We snorkeled!


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