Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Baby Day is on the way!

So, the news is out. We are with child. There are no words to express our excitement and gratitude over this amazing blessing in our lives! For all of you who are interested in the details, here goes:

We found out we were pregnant just under 4 weeks ago. I took a total of 9 tests because I couldn't believe it. I had a positive blood test a few days later and then saw the doctor a couple weeks after that. Everything looks great and seems to be progressing right on track. Our due date is January 7, 2009. At our last appointment, which we were right at 7 weeks (give or take a day), the heartbeat was 143 bpm and the tech said the baby was about 8-9 mm! So tiny! We asked the technician where the head was and she said that at this stage it's hard to tell and that the baby is all heart. Collin loved that. He's been walking around saying, "Our baby is all heart" ever since. So sweet. The above picture is from that ultrasound. We have been reading a few books and one of them says that our baby is the size of a blueberry this week. So cool!

As far as how I've been feeling - this definitely is not the best I've ever felt in my life, but compared to a lot of people, I've had it pretty easy so far. Terrible morning sickness could be just around the corner for me (hopefully not), but I definitely feel pregnant. There were a couple of weeks that I just couldn't believe it because I wasn't feeling any really overwhelming symptoms. I have now experienced about every symptom in the book. Literally. But nothing has been overly horriffic. Well, with the exception of the acne that started gracing my face about 2 weeks ago. I seriously look like a middle school kid. It's awful. I have never had acne like this in my life. I went to see a dermatologist and basically she told me in a very sweet way that there wasn't a lot that she could do. She prescribed me something that I have yet to get filled. Hopefully it will help. I have had some pretty intense headaches and my acid reflux is definitely not liking my body pregnant - it is acting up and in turn making me nauseas. But no vomiting, at least yet. Woo hoo! I LOATH throwing up (who doesn't, I know) so I am really crossing my fingers that this stays away. My mom was terribly sick with me and I've been afraid that I might follow in her footsteps, but so far so good. I am eating all day long and this seems to curb the waves of queasiness, although my clothes are starting to get noticeably snug already!

God's timing throughout this whole thing has been so very cool. Me and my best bud, Larissa, have always hoped that we would get to go through this together. She is due the middle of December - exactly 3.5 weeks before us. So fun! It's been amazing to be able to talk to each other and have someone to go through this with. Plus our kids will be super close in age and we're very excited about that. And Collin's sister just had a baby, Eden, a month ago so she's been a wealth of information as well. And our baby and Eden will be about 8 months apart. So cool!

So, that's pretty much it. We'll keep you updated on Baby Day in the upcoming months. Please remember us in your prayers as we still have another month in the critical first trimester.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Attack of the killer duck

In case you haven't figured it out by our latest post, let me spell it out for you:


We're thrilled and very thankful for this amazing turn in our lives and a post is coming soon about all the fun details that I know you are dying to hear :) But, this post is about something else...

I was attacked this morning in the parking lot of my office. My perpetrator was none other than a duck. If you are anything like me, you had no idea that ducks are actually vicious creatures. I used to love going to the park to feed the ducks. Well, no more my friend. This child in my tummy will never know that joy because now I know that ducks will come right up out of the water and try to bite you! Here's how it happened:

I was running about 5 minutes late to work because I stopped by Chick-fil-A to grab breakfast. I pull up in my regular parking place and quickly try to grab all of my things (these days I have a large Walmart sack that goes with me to work everyday filled with a variety of fairly nutritious foods and my tums because heartburn's a killer lately) to hurry inside. I am on the phone with a friend so while I'm distracted talking to her, I missed the duck running across the parking lot right for me. I heard the duck's squawking getting louder and when I turned around to look, it was about 20 feet from me. I remember saying to my friend, "I think this duck is coming to get me". But in the back of my mind, I was thinking, 'Surely not. Ducks are friendly, sweet creatures and I have done nothing to provok it.' I started moving from side to side to see if it was following me, and sure enough, everytime I moved it changed directions, too. As it inched closer to me, I started getting a little freaked out. I began running backwards because I didn't want to take my eyes off of it to turn around and run, just in case it was a duck that could run at ninja speed and would start biting my heels. I quickly told my friend that I had to let her go and began yelling at the duck. I don't know if I thought the duck was going to get scared and run off or what but whatever I thought didn't happen because the duck kept getting closer and closer to me. We ran in large circles around the parking lot, me swinging my Walmart sack at the duck to try and scare it off, the duck continuously squawking and snapping like it's going to bite me. My heart was racing and the entire time I was thinking, "This cannot be good for the baby!" Finally, I had a moment of genious. I grabbed my key ring that was in my hand and stumbled my fingers around until I found the alarm for my car. The alarm sounded and thankfully the crazy duck ran off. I was shaking all over and hypervenilating as I ran into my building. I feel confident in saying that if I weren't so quick on my feet, I would be at the hospital being treated for multiple duck bites to the legs at this very moment. :)

In the duck's defense, there are a nest of eggs in the bushes of the building next to ours. I think this might have been the mama duck and she was afraid I was going to somehow harm her babies. If this is the case, I understand and even appreciate her need to defend her young. What I don't understand is how she perceived me as a threat. I was parked nowhere near her or her nest nor did I try to go anywhere near her babies.

Who knew ducks were mean? Not me. But I will probably forevermore have a negative biased towards these animals that I used to think of as friendly. I have already talked to my boss this morning about doing something to run these ducks off. We'll see what happens.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A New Day is coming.....


Friday, May 9, 2008

Super Fun Weekend!

Last weekend, we were thrilled to have the Simpson's along with super sweet Stephanie Gaston come into town. On Saturday afternoon, we went and had some super yummy mexican food at our favorite place to eat, Lupe Tortilla. That night, we went to the Brazoria County Cancer Benefit out in Angleton. Clint's brothers band, Cadillac Sky (who is really, really good), were playing so we got to go to this fancy shin-dig (which was like $150 or $200 (I cannot remember what Larissa told me!) a plate) for free! Thank you Cadillac Sky and Clint! It was western themed and I wish that I had gotten a picture of the GIANT room because it was decorated very cute! Here are some pictures for your enjoyment:

We were trying to look country. Trying is the operative word! Every item of clothing that I am wearing was borrowed!

Larissa, me, and Stephanie. I love all the boots!

Check out Collin's goatee. It was very long (and red!) - he grew it out for this occasion so that he would look more the part. How cute is he!

The precious Simpson's

Me and Ris - please excuse the Budweiser sign in the background!

Hope everyone is doing well. We are leaving for Fort Worth this afternoon to go celebrate Mother's Day and my birthday weekend with mi familia. We're looking forward to another fun weekend! If you're a mom or a mom-to-be, Happy Mother's Day to ya!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Look Who's Talking

Hey everybody, it's Collin. My Neice is the cutest little baby. She just is. I was looking at her pictures today (like I do just about everyday) on Nick and Carissa's blog and I started to think about what might be going through her mind in some of these pictures. So, I put on my "Look Who's Talking" thinking cap and here is what I came up with.....

"See, you think I'm sucking my thumb but i'm really not"

"Man, my hand smells goooood!"

"Well, if it smells that good its gotta taste even better."

"Now, if I can get one hand in my mouth and one hand in my ear, then I will have accomplished something."

"Hmmm....I think you might want to check my diaper"

"Uhh, yeah, your gonna have to change me"


"Don't you just love my little cheeks? I really am the cutest baby you've ever seen."
Love you Eden,
Uncle Collin

Friday, May 2, 2008

Exciting News!

We recently learned that our best friends are expecting their first baby!!! We are SO excited. They celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in March (their anniversary is 4 days after ours!) and are the sweetest couple in the whole world. Larissa, who has been my best girl friend since I was 8 years old and is more like a sister to me than a friend, is going to be the best mommy ever! She is so selfless and loving - this child is going to be so blessed! Her fabulous husband Clint, whom we completely adore, is a strong man of the Lord (and who is always armed with a whitty retort...the man seriously makes us laugh) will be the best dad and I can hardly wait to see him with a little baby! We could not be any happier for this amazing turn in their lives and are so excited that we get to celebrate this blessing with them! Larissa is in her 7th week of pregnancy (and so far has, for the most part, dodged morning sickness - yay!) and is due with sweet baby Simpson around mid December. Yay for a Christmas baby!