Monday, May 14, 2012

First Ultrasound (7 weeks)

Today we went to our first ultra sound appointment with Dr. Owen. We were able to see baby West and hear it's little heart beat. Baby's heart rate is up to 132bpm and it's measuring from crown to rump at .95 cm. A little blueberry! (I think it looks more like a little Caterpillar).  The doctor says that both baby and mommy are healthy and doing well. Praise the Lord! We are so thankful and excited for our little one, we can hardly wait!

First Sonogram Pictures
 Hi Mom and Dad!
 Happy Daddy!!
 So excited about our little blueberry and it's strong heart beat!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Morning Sickness Strikes (6 Weeks)

For the past three days I have been experiencing my first encounter with morning sickness, well for me it started as midnight sickness and stays all day long. I was so sick on Sunday night that I even passed out at one point. We decided that it might be a good idea to go to the ER to make sure everything was okay. It turned out to be a blessing because they did all sorts of tests and we were able to learn that baby West is growing in all the right places and has a little heart beat and mama is okay. Next Monday I will have my first ultrasound at 7 weeks and we will be able to see baby and hear the heartbeat for ourselves. As for the nausea, its still here. I am taking things easy and trying to get as many fluids and nutrients as possible. I am thankful for this blessing and I refuse to complain about the sickness... after all, this is what I prayed for :-)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sudden Fear

The next week or so I began to experience a lot of sudden fear about loosing the baby or malformations that might occur. The fear would hit me and I would almost be in terror as I let my thoughts carry me away. The last few days though I have been learning to trust in the Lord. Through prayer and the study of His character I have come to accept God's goodness despite what happens.

Here are a few verses that He gave me this week. 

Do not be afraid of sudden terror or the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and keep your foot from being caught. (Proverbs 3:25 ESV)

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)

    Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!
        Praise your God, O Zion!
    For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
        he blesses your children within you.
(Psalm 147:12-13 ESV)

    Unless the LORD builds the house,
        those who build it labor in vain.
    Unless the LORD watches over the city,
        the watchman stays awake in vain.
    It is in vain that you rise up early
        and go late to rest,
    eating the bread of anxious toil;
        for he gives to his beloved sleep.
    Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
        the fruit of the womb a reward.
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
        are the children of one's youth.
    Blessed is the man
        who fills his quiver with them!
    He shall not be put to shame
        when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
(Psalm 127 ESV)

    For you formed my inward parts;
        you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
        my soul knows it very well.
    My frame was not hidden from you,
    when I was being made in secret,
        intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
    in your book were written, every one of them,
        the days that were formed for me,
        when as yet there was none of them.
(Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)

My husband and I have been praying together every night praising the Lord for the blessing He has given us and putting the care and well being of our baby in His hands, trusting Him for His love and goodness. I'm realizing that I am too blessed to be stressed!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

April 23, 2012 We're Expecting

I had been feeling like I might be pregnant for about a week and I had actually tested the Wednesday before, but it was obviously too early to tell. I had decided that I would retest in a week or so. When I woke up at 5:00am on Monday April 23 I thought it would be the perfect time to retest. My HCG levels would be the highest in the Morning and I figured if I was in fact pregnant it would have been long enough to show up. 
This is what we got...
is that a line? I'm not sure, I think...maybe?
So I went to target and bought the Clear Blue brand while my hubby was at work. This way there would be a clear digital answer and...

I'm pregnant YAY! I wanted to call my husband immediately I even tried to send him a text but it wouldn't go through. THANKFULLY! That allowed me to think and come up with a sweeter plan to break the news. I am terrible at secrets and I knew I had to tell him that day, so with 30 minutes to spare... this is what welcomed him home from work.
 Welcome Home Daddy!
He knew immediately and lavished me with hugs and kisses. He was ecstatic! I was ecstatic! Such wonderful news!