Thursday, April 29, 2010

“I sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” – Psalm 92:4

Once again our baby girl was a little acrobat for our 20 week ultrasound. 
She was being a little stubborn about letting us get a good look so we could confirm once again that she was a girl but the technician said she was still pretty sure it was a girl!

Here are tiny little feet!
The pic above is her looking straight on so we can see her skeleton.
She was curled up most of the visit with her little legs underneath her.  You can really see her spinal cord in this shot.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

20 Weeks: We're 50% of the way there!

20 weeks down, 20 weeks to go!  I can hardly believe I am already half way through my pregnancy!  Our baby is now as big as a banana and is 10 inches long from head to heel. She is weighing in at about ten ounces.  She has established sleep patterns similar to a newborn now. Many babies even have a favorite sleep position already.  And if our daughter takes after her dad, she is probably already snoring! :)
I'm at the stage now where people who know me and know I'm pregnant can notice a bump but I haven't had a complete stranger come up to me and rub my belly yet...and can't say I'm looking forward to that!  Growth typically starts to become more regular from this point on, so I should be noticing regular changes in my belly.  Luckily, I have lots of new maternity clothes to wear!  I have probably bought too many but I really want to have options and not just be forced to wear whatever fits - or the same thing every day!  Plus with all the changes going on with my body (weight gain, etc...), I figure the least I can do to feel more normal is wear clothes I would wear in "real life".  So bring on the bump!

Speaking of...here is my first new bump picture in a while.  I told Josh we had to take another bump picture now that we are at 20 weeks (and because I haven't had once since I was just at 13 weeks).  
This picture was made tonight on our way to a charity dinner in Nashville at the Hutton Hotel (cool place by the way)!  Our dear friends Bob and Janie Yeager and family were honored for their hard work, support and committment to the Hope Clinic for Women.  We were very happy to be included at this special event and be there to show our support for such a wonderful family.  Thanks for hosting us!

Well now that I'm halfway through pregnancy, I hope to focus on my house and nursery and just start getting baby-ready!  And I would LOVE to finally have a name picked out!!  For some reason, Josh has not been ready to focus on baby names yet and it's driving me crazy.  And my very convincing argument that I NEED to start monogramming baby outfits has not yet sparked in Josh the enthusiasm I had hoped.  Men.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

19 Weeks: We're 47.5% of the way there!



Our baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom (about the size of an heirloom tomato).

(NOTE: For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against its torso, measurements are taken from the top of its head to its bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, measurements are from head to toe.)
Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. She is supposed to be sleeping a lot (around 20 hours a day). But if she's anything like me, I bet she's staying awake more and taking in as much of the action as she can!

Between now and the time I deliver her, she will increase in size by more than 15 times! The growth that occurs each week is truly remarkable. It is so neat to think how much she has grown over the past few months! She was just a small embryo at 4 weeks and only the size of a poppy seed. It's no wonder we weren't able to see her on the first ultrasound we had at 4 weeks. Just 10 weeks ago, she was still only the size of a grape!
“I sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” – Psalm 92:4

I feel like my entire pregnancy shouts the existence of God and is such a great reminder of what a wonderful Creator He is! I already pray our baby girl will always know and love the Lord and will never forget that she was "fearfully and wonderfully made..." And oh what a blessing it is for me to be reminded of that same thing and especially to feel, witness and experience that wonderful creation first hand! (Sure I could do without feeling the heartburn and witnessing the butt expansion)! :)
I think pregnancy also makes me understand a bit more clearly the depth of love my own parents have for me. I have not even met my little girl yet but already love her so much. I have been praying for her health since my postive pregnancy test. Heck, I am already praying for her future husband!
Of course God knew our baby girl before He even formed her in my womb. How cool is that?! I can't wait to watch her grow up and discover the talents God has blessed her with, her unique personality develop and see God's special plan for her unfold.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

18 Weeks: We're 45% of the way there!

Our baby girl is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper), weighs almost 7 ounces and now has a human appearance (no more Blobby Brown or alien)! :)

She is becoming more sensitive to the outside world and will get used to familiar sounds, such as my heart beating, familiar voices and other routine sounds. She will even become startled if she hears a loud sound...I can only imagine what she was thinking as I walked down Bourbon Street last weekend!

I can't believe I'm almost halfway done with my pregnancy! It really is flying by...although I am afraid in August I may not be saying that so I'm enjoying the pregnancy "honeymoon" period while it lasts!

What a difference 4 years make!

Josh and I just spent a long weekend in New Orleans for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. This conference is held every four years and Josh and I actually met there for the first time at the last one held in Memphis in 2006! Little did we know, four years later, we would be returning as husband and wife with a little Republican on the way! :)

I ate at Cafe Du Monde twice (their beignets are like crack for a pregnant woman!), played a little Craps and Black Jack, listened to some great speakers and enjoyed BEAUTIFUL weather. My mom and dad, 2 sisters, 2 brother-in-laws and even my oldest niece and nephew all came so it was indeed a family affair!
My sister Nancy and her husband David are founders of a group called Evangelicals for Mitt and were there to show their support for Governor Mitt Romney. Even though Romney didn't even attend the conference this year, he ended up winning the straw poll which was pretty impressive and was a great way to end the weekend! EFM got plenty of national press and so did Romney as a result of his strong showing. Geaux Mitt!Other than losing my license, credit card and some cash that must have fallen out of my purse (ugh) the weekend was perfect! Here are some more pictures of our fun weekend!
My BFF Sean Hannity :)Louisiana Governor Bobby JindalCongressman J.C. Watts who I love!My sister Amy, Mary Matalin (James Carville's better half) and brother in law ScottSarah Palin
The family with Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

17 Weeks: We're 42.5% of the way there!

Our little girl weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip-I know, another weird comparison) and she's around 5 inches long from top to bottom. She will start putting on some layers of fat in the weeks to come (sounds familiar) and I will likely start feeling her move more and more! One minor discomfort I've experienced over the past few weeks is TONS of headaches - and the "allowed" medication, Tylenol, is just not helping. But feeling her move for the first time the other night is worth a million headaches! Oh and nosebleeds have been happening too every now and then ??? I never knew that was a "symptom" until I starting having them and then read about it online.

I have also started seeing a bump! That has been so weird and Josh now hears about it constantly! (He is really learning how to word things politically correct). I know it sounds crazy since I'm not showing a whole lot, but I can already tell a difference in my mobility of moving around. I have never had much of a stomach so a little added padding not only looks very different but feels very different! But once again, I know this baby and the entire pregnancy experience will be worth every pound!

I really do try to keep in mind how blessed I am to be experiencing being pregnant even with the occasional discomforts that comes with it. I feel very blessed to have been able to get pregnant because I know everyone doesn't get pregnant easily...or at all. So I try to keep that in mind as more and more of my jeans go on the "can't button" shelf. In addition to that blessing, I've really started thinking this week how lucky I am to be having Josh's baby. I can't wait to see what traits of Josh our baby has! He's such a great husband and person and I know he has always wanted to be a father so I am so happy I am able to make one of his dreams come true - just as he does for me every single day.

He was very great during the 1st trimester when I was so tired all I wanted to do was sleep and really picked up the slack around the house and getting "life" stuff done. Now that I'm in my 2nd trimester (and the weather is warming up) I have more energy so I'm going to try to step it up and be more helpful than I was over the past three months! Plus, I'm getting in that "nesting" phase where I want to work on the house and get it ready to bring baby home! And I know I need to take full advantage of my new found energy because I hear you lose it again in the 3rd trimester. Unfortunately, Josh may long for the days when my top priority was sleeping once I start making his "honey-do" lists. :)

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Celebrate!

What a beautiful day it turned out to be to find out the gender of our new baby! We had an Easter Egg hunt for my nieces and nephews and enjoyed the fresh air and sunny day outside! Instead of posting lots of pics, I have created a few collages of our Gender Reveal Party!
As you know, we had our technician write the results of our ultrasound on a card in a sealed envelope (without us knowing what it was). I then took that envelope to my friend Megan who baked cupcakes with either a blue or pink gumball inside depending on what she saw on the notecard. Then we had our family members come over and they were to wear either pink or blue depending on their gender prediction. Most of our family was in blue (mainly because I think more people had blue in their closets)! But my mom, Josh's mom, my niece Caroline, nephew Luke and brother in law Scott all wore pink. And they were...........................................................................................
RIGHT!!!!!!!! It's a Girl! :)


Josh and I were so surprised...for some reason we just had a feeling it was a boy! But we couldn't be happier! My youngest neice Caroline and my new adopted niece from Ethiopia, Naomi will all be somewhat close in age. And my oldest neice Camille will lead the pack I'm sure!
Our next job will be to come up with a name! We had our boy name picked out but haven't settled on a girl name yet. We did have family members bring their top name picks and those were written on slips of paper that were then inserted into plastic pink or blue eggs. So over lunch, I had the honor of opening the eggs and announcing everyone's name suggestions. My brother in law David (a huge Lord of the Rings fan-where he received the inspiration for most of his name suggestions) won the award for contributing the most amount of names...with no possibility of ever being used! But he did win the most amusing award too! :)
Other big news is I felt HER move for the first time tonight! I think she knew we were having a party without her and wanted me to know she wanted to party too! What a wonderful Easter weekend this has turned out to be and how blessed we were to spend the day celebrating and rejoicing with our wonderful family.
While we have celebrated our baby's gender this weekend, there is something much greater to focus on and celebrate this weekend and that is the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It's so easy to get caught up in our baby's future birth, but tomorrow is a great reminder that we all have been given a new birth thanks to Christ's death, burial and resurrection.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...
- 1 Peter 1:3
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

“Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.”

OK, so I have been called a lot of things over the years...patient is not one of them. We were supposed to have our big reveal on Easter Sunday. However, the suspense of Baby "Busy" Brown's gender was making me obsessed and crazy! I wasn't quite so obsessed prior to knowing SOMEONE knew and it wasn't me!

SO, I made a few phone calls, sent a few emails and moved up our Gender Reveal Party to Saturday instead of Easter Sunday. Luckily, everyone in our family understood and altered their schedules to accommodate us.

I picked up the cupcakes from my friend Megan today - she blogged about the cupcakes here and I stole this picture from her site. Aren't they so cute?!


I have yet to even open the boxes the cupcakes are in since I left her house. I can not say I would not have tried to peek had the party still not been until Sunday - although I don't think I could have peeked without messing up a cupcake anyway and then Josh would have killed me. So I have basically been helpless on cracking this code (whose stupid idea was this anyway?)! But I have gone this long without knowing and really don't want to ruin the surprise for myself at this point! I know the wait will be worth it in the end and really do want to be surprised along with everyone else.

So Josh and I both had to go get either our blue or pink shirts tonight. I have thought it was a boy for a while and so has Josh. But then Josh switched to thinking it was a girl. But he still bought a blue shirt to wear - my guess is he didn't want to wear pink so he went back to thinking it was a boy out of convenience! :)

So in just a few more hours, I'll finally know what I have been obsessing about since Tuesday of this week AND can finally know what to start shopping for, what color to paint the nursery and other fun stuff! Josh and I truly will be happy with either a boy or a girl. We just feel so blessed to be becoming parents and a healthy baby is all we are praying for each night.

So stay tuned! :)