Sunday, November 27, 2011

Our litttle pirate!!

Finally, here's the pictures of Carver on Halloween.

With his best friend, Sadie.

There have been many kisses between these two an this is the closest we've gotten to capturing it. haha

Thursday, November 24, 2011

With a Heavy Heart

On November 16th our lives changed forever. We had an appointment for our anatomy exam and to find out the sex of the baby. Part way through the ultrasound, the technician said that she had some bad news and was going to stop the ultrasound. She said that she could not get a clear picture of the baby's skull and brain. We set up an appointment with our OB for the next day to talk about what this meant. He explained to us that when the skull and brain were developing (at 4-6wks gestation), it stopped. This means that there is no upper brain and the skull stops at the hairline.

We set up an appointment with a pernatiologist for the next week to get a specialist's opinion and another look at the baby. That appointment was yesterday. He confirmed what the technician had seen and explained what Anencephaly is. This is a fatal diagnosis. There is no way that the baby can live outside the womb. He went over the whole body to see if there were any other defects (there aren't) and we learned that it's a little boy. He gave us some pictures and was really helpful.

Once we were done there, we set up another appointment with our OB to talk about our options for a course of treatment. That appointment is set for next Thursday, December 1st at 3:30pm.

We're still in shock about everything but we have a great support group of family and friends that have banded themselves around us and have become our prayer warriors. We don't know what we're going to do (either deliver early or ride out the course of the pregnancy) and it will be something that we talk and pray about a lot before we come to a decision.

On this day that we are reminded to give thanks for what we have, I am extremely thankful for everyone that has been praying for us, those that have brought us meals, and those that send encouraging emails/texts/messages. They are all deeply felt. I am thankful for this life kicking inside of me right now. We don't know what the future will hold but I can guarantee that God has something special for this precious little boy. I am thankful for Carver. He is the perfect distraction and brings so much joy into our lives. I am thankful for my amazing husband. He is grieving as well but he has been my pillar, my rock, and we lean on each other.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Giving Thanks Days 11-14

Day 11: Two things today. First, I'm thankful for each and every person that has served this country and kept us free. Second, I'm thankful for yet another baby! My friend, Rachel, had her baby today via c-section. Welcome Tobin Oliver and congrats Rachel!!

Day 12: I'm thankful for my friend Mallorie. She's my crafting buddy and we always have so much fun together. We went to a scrapbook expo today and have a blast!!

Day 13: Today I'm thankful for Carver. He is such an easy-going kid. He didn't get a nap today and no one would've noticed! He did fall asleep at 5pm on the way home though haha

Day 14: Today I'm thankful for snuggling! Carver usually gets in our bed around 5am lately and then gets up with Chris around 645 to help him get ready for work and start the fire. Well today he fell back to sleep in our bed and didn't wake up until 7am and then continued to snuggle with me until 730 when he realized that Chris wasn't in bed with us. :( I just love how snuggle-y he is. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Giving Thanks Days 9-10

Day 9: I am thankful for the Bible study I'm in. We are doing a Beth Moore study on Esther and I am loving every day of it!!

Day 10: I am thankful for the Play Park at one of the local churches. They open up their gym on Thursdays and let preschool-age kids play with all of their toys. It's only an hour and a half but Carver loves it and it's a great time to sit and chat with some of my friends. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Giving Thanks 5-8

Day 5: I am thankful for friends! That's it. :)

Day 6: I am thankful for a car that we can rely on. We've driven across the state 1.5times in the last 4 days. Plus driving around town a bunch. Can I just say I love my car? :)

Day 7: I am thankful for safety. Chris was hunting (alone) this morning and fell in the river. He's fine, a little cold but it kind of woke him up to why I ask him to not go alone. So he didn't hunt that long and came home, took a shower and then took a nap. haha

Day 8: I am thankful for babies!!! Two friends of mine (sisters-in-law) both had babies yesterday. They were both girls, both 20in, and BOTH 6lb 14.2oz!! How crazy is that?!? Congrats Erica and Kate! Memphis and Trevi and both beautiful and can't wait to meet them. :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Giving Thanks Day 4

Day 4: I am thankful for this child growing inside me. It is such a miracle and I am always blown away that I am able to create another human being!

18 week Update

Due Date: April 6, 2012
Weight Gain: Up about 9lbs
Symptoms: I have nights where I wish I could take the belly off but nothing too bad
What's different this time: I popped really early but have leveled out for now
Cravings: nothing major
Aversions: apples, but I'm slowly trying to get them back. I can have a slice or two, applesauce and apple juice so maybe I just can't have a whole apple at a time
Sleep: besides getting up to go to the bathroom, pretty good.
I am loving: feeling the baby move
I miss: not too much. feeling pretty good
I am looking forward to: finding out the sex in 2 weeks!!
I'm spazzing about: i'm almost half way through!!
Best thing about this week: It's just been a crazy week. Super busy
Milestones: almost halfway
Movement: it likes to lodge itself on one of my sides
It's a...: i'm expecting a boy but hoping for a girl :)
Exercise: what's that? haha
Diet: healthy foods. i'm sick of fast food - as if I actually at it that much haha
Other goals: Getting Carver to feel the baby :) *still!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Couple Halloween Pictures

Here's a couple pictures of our Halloween. I need to get the pictures of Carver in his costume off of Chris's iPhone so I'll post those once I figure out how to do that. :)

Carver was all excited to carve the pumpkin... but wouldn't touch the guts haha Chris wanted me to draw the sharpie lines back on so make it seem like he cut in the lines. He actually did pretty good!!

Monkey had to get in on the photo shoot!

Here's my bee costume for the MOMs group Halloween party the Saturday before Halloween. It's also a bump update picture. I'm 17wks in this picture.

I'm working on a 18wk update post that will go up tomorrow. I also have a bunch of old pictures (umm Labor day??) so that's one of my goals for this weekend.

Givng Thanks Day 3

Day 3: I am thankful for our church. I have made sooo many friends through our church. We love everything about our church but I have to say that I moved here and only knew Chris's family. So it has been a HUGE blessing to have found this church!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Givin Thanks Days 1 & 2

Last year I did something where I posted everyday in November about something I was thankful for. I'm going to do my best to do the same this year (yes I didn't post yesterday, oh well).

Day 1: I'm thankful for our health... even if it's for right now. Everyone around us has been getting sick and we're still waiting our turn.

Day 2: I'm thankful for fog. I think it's one of my favorite things about fall. It makes everything quiet and still.


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