Monday, December 29, 2008

Only 1 week to go!

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and has enjoyed (or is maybe still enjoying!) spending time with family and people that you love. We had a nice quiet Christmas at home and it was great! We went to the Christmas Eve service at McKinney (the church that we will probably eventually join but haven't finished "shopping around"). It was sweet little Maylee's first outing and we loved getting to be there for it. She was so pretty with her little red dress on and big white bow on her head. I can hardly wait to see her and Cayden together! Anyway, our friends Brandon and Stephanie sang during the service and did amazing and it was just a nice way to kick off the festivities of the following day. We had a nice dinner with my parents that night and enjoyed being at home. Here's a picture of me that night, at 38 weeks. I can hardly believe how big I am...

I feel like everywhere I go people gawk at me because I am enormous!!! Everyone says that I'm all belly, but still...I just feel fat!

This Christmas was extra special for me, being 9 months with child. It's hard not to think about baby Jesus and Mary when you have a baby moving around in your belly all day long.

Christmas morning we ate breakfast, opened gifts, and lounged around in our PJ's. Despite the fact that Collin and I weren't going to do gifts because we bought a nice new camera back in November which was to be our gift to one another, I cheated. I got him a Wii and he was SO surprised and really excited! He told me that he was mad at me for getting it, but surprisingly not mad enough to want to return it to the store...imagine that! :) We've had fun playing it. Here's a picture of him once he realized what it was...his face says it all!

Collin helped my dad lift something crazy heavy in their backyard on Christmas afternoon and messed up his back. Well, I say he "helped". My dad was turned around doing something else and Collin just did it by himself. What a stinker! He had major back problems a few days ago but it's slowly getting better. We were praying that Cayden would hold off coming so that Collin's back could heal up. The sleeping arrangements for the daddy's at the hospital are not the most comfy, so we want his back to be in good shape! Luckily, our little boy helped us out and didn't come quite yet.

I had my weekly checkup at the doctor's today. Since last week, we are scheduled to be induced on Monday, January 5th. My doctor told me last week that if I wasn't dilated to at least 2 cm then we would have to check into the hospital at midnight on the 4th and I would have to have something inserted to help my cervix dilate more. Sounds fun, I know. We were really hoping and praying that I would be at least a 2 at this appointment. Well, I wasn't. Still a 1 1/2. BUT, I am effaced 80% and because of that, my doc said that we won't have to check in early. She said that you usually efface before you dilate all that much and that 80% is far enough along that she thinks I'll be fine. I thanked her and promised her that I would walk a lot between now and then. My mom and I walked this afternoon and I plan on doing as much walking as I can this week, as much as my fat feet, over-exerted lungs, and tired legs will let me. So, unless little Cayden gets restless and decides to come on his own (which every now and then I start thinking, "Maybe this is it..." because I'm having so much cramping, but it always subsides), he should be here 1 week from today! We check into the hospital at 9:00 AM on Monday. The doc also told me that she's on call this weekend so if a slot opens earlier than 9 AM, she'll pencil me in and call me. So, there's a chance we could be going in on Sunday night! She knows that I am SO ready to have this baby!!!

We are pretty much ready for him to be here. There are a few last minute details to get taken care of, but for the most part, we're ready. All the bags are packed, the electronics charged, the car seat base is properly installed in the car, etc. I am typing up some Bible verses to take with us to the hospital to help me get through labor so if you know of any - maybe some that helped you - I would love to hear them! The nerves have really set in as far as delivery goes, but I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be. A lot of my friends say that's how they felt so I guess that's normal. I keep telling myself, "God made women's bodies to be able to do this!"

We're also trying to spend some time with Ace because his world is about to be completely turned upside down. He's had a hard time with the transition of moving and we're a little concerned about how he's going to do with a baby around. I will close with this picture of him curled up with me in the recliner. I was reading the book, "Same Kind of Different As Me". It was SO good...I read it in less than 2 days. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I didn't send out Christmas cards this year. I feel bad about it but I figured being 9 months pregnant, people would understand. So, if you're reading this and you sent us a Christmas card, thank you! We love getting them and I apologize that you didn't get one from us this year. Here's a little Christmas cheer from us - sorry you didn't get it in the mail!


Monday, December 22, 2008

The countdown is on!

Well, I had my 38 week doctor's appointment today. My pregnancy is perfectly textbook healthy and Cayden is doing great. I don't feel all that great (between the cramping, heartburn, aching body parts, swollen feet, and running to the restroom every 5 minutes but who's complaining...) but as fas as the doc's concerned, the baby and me are doing fabulous. If this little guy doesn't decide to come on his own (and believe me, I'm trying everything I can think of to make that happen!) then we got the word today that we will be induced on January 5th. Two days before our due date and two weeks from today! We were hoping for a little earlier but the hospital is really booked up around this time of year plus we're having to work with my doctor's schedule and the holidays. So, at least there's an end in sight. This little guy should be here in 2 weeks (or less if he decides he's ready sooner)! So exciting!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Long time coming...

I have been meaning to post this for a while now but we've been so busy and time is seeming to fly by faster than ever these days. So, here's a little of what I've been meaning to write about. *Just a forewarning...this will be long!

We've had 2 great baby showers since we moved to Fort Worth. The first was here on November 1st. My mom's best friend and a woman who is dear to my heart, Theresa Cockerham, along with Larissa and a couple of other dear ladies threw me this shower. I was waiting to post this because my new friend Leslie, who happens to be a great photographer, took pictures and I was waiting to get them back. I haven't gotten them yet so here are some random pics from various people. Sadly, I was horrible about taking pictures at this shower so I don't really have any from my camera.

My mom made this diaper cake...look at how she painted Cayden's name along the base. So cute!

My mom and I before the shower started (sorry it's a tad bit blurry!).

Theresa decorated in a very cute baby blue and chocolate brown theme. Here are some of the tables before the shower started.
She had pictures of Collin and I growing up in the centerpieces and it was precious! It was fun to walk around and look at all of the pictures!
There was an excellent spread, thanks to Theresa. She always does such a great job!
Larissa had her ultra-talented friend Shelley make the cake and it was AMAZING!!!
Can you tell that I was really excited about this gift?!? It's a baby's first Bible and the person who gave it to me had Cayden Day engraved on the front. I love it!
We got so many great things for Cayden and had a really fabulous time!

The following weekend we made the drive to Houston for our baby shower there. My sweet sis-in-law, Carissa, along with my mom-in-law threw us this shower and it was great! Carissa and her husband Nick, along with my in-laws, totally outdid themselves making it special for us. Again, I was not good about taking pictures and didn't whip out my camera to get any pictures once the shower began. I did, however, get a couple of pictures of the decor before it started.

Carissa made these letters - how cute are they?!? She gave them to me after it was over and I have yet to decide what I want to do with them. I want to do something cute and fun with them, I just don't know what yet.
Collin's Grandad made these train letters when Collin was little and my mother-in-law pulled them out of a box a while ago along with some other little boy toys of Collin's that Grandad made. We discovered that we had all of the letters to spell Cayden's full name except that we were missing 1 E. So, Grandad made another E and they had them setting on the mantle at the shower. How cute!
Carissa decorated in a really precious alphabet theme (which is extra cute since that's Cayden's nursery theme). And she made the cake herself...all while having a 6 month old at home! It was not only adorable but also yummy!
My friend Kristin's mom gave me this diaper cake. Isn't it cute?!?
We got most of the rest of what we needed for Cade at this shower so it was a huge blessing. It was so nice to be able to see friends that we hadn't seen since moving and, of course, to spend time with family that we miss so much.

Also that weekend, Carissa took our maternity pictures for us. The weather turned out to be great - here are a few of the shots. Thanks Carissa for doing such a great job and for giving up your Saturday morning for us! We love you!
This isn't all that I had intended on posting about but since this is already so long (Collin just pointed out to me from the other room that I've been "typing for a while now"!), I won't bore you any longer! If you're still reading this, then thanks! We hope that everyone is doing great and is getting ready to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Things are happening!

So I had a doctor's appointment today at 35 weeks 5 days. They did our final sonogram and told us that they think Cayden is weighing somewhere around 6 lbs 3 ounces! They said that was about normal for 36 weeks but I was surprised that he was that big! No wonder I am getting so uncomfortable! And did you know that boys typically weigh more at birth than girls? I learned that reading my What to Expect When You're Expecting book. So interesting...

Now for the exciting part...I am already dilated about 1 1/2 cm and 50% effaced! I was so happy I almost hugged the doctor! Sweet Larissa had a terrible time during labor last week because her body was not cooperating...she was not dilating much on her own and it made for a difficult induction. I started getting freaked out that I could be in a similar situation and have a body that wasn't cooperating so when I learned that my body is doing what it should, I was thrilled! I know that people can walk around for weeks dilated so it doesn't mean that the baby is coming any sooner or anything, but I am glad to know that my body is working with me and not against me!! And just in case, I am going to try really hard this week to finish my Christmas shopping!

I have been meaning to be better about blogging lately but it just hasn't happened. Everything with us is going great. Collin's busy at work but doing well and I'm trying my hardest to get everything ready around here for a baby! We have started making Ace sleep down in the utility room for the past few weeks and he hates it. We knew that we couldn't have him sleeping with us when Cayden comes because Cade's bassinet is in our room so we moved Ace downstairs at night. We wanted him to have several weeks to make the transition and man, the cat does NOT like it and makes sure we know about it! We found a pediatrician and I am so excited about him! I have heard amazing things about him and his practice and I'm thrilled that he's our pediatrician. They have hours on the weekends, 1 evening a week, and are really good about not over medicating. I am hoping that we don't have to spend much time at his office but I feel good about who we've chosen for a doctor for Cayden. My hospital bag is about 80% packed with the things that I can pack ahead of time. And I'm planning on packing the diaper bag when I'm done typing this. It seems surreal to think that in just over a week we'll be considered full term pregnant. Aagh!

We took a "Joy of Parenting" Class through the hospital last weekend. They taught us Infant Choking and CPR (which is the sole reason that we took it) and we feel a lot better about bringing our little boy home after doing that. I have a fear that Cayden is going to choke on something so I wanted to be sure that we knew CPR before bringing the little guy home. The rest of the class was pretty pointless and honestly brutal to sit through. I cannot see getting a whole lot out of it unless you have never in your life been around a baby. Most of what was taught we feel like is instinctual. There were a few things that we learned that we will be implementing, though.

Baby Maylee is the sweetest little thing. It's still hard to believe that my best friend since 3rd grade has a baby! And everytime I hold her I think about how awesome God is that He allowed Ris and I to go through this experience together. And now Maylee is won't be long and her best buddy Cayden will be here...crazy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Announcing Maylee Gail Simpson!

It has been a long few days but Maylee Simpson is finally here! She made her grand debut at 11:26 PM last night! She was 9 lbs 4 oz and was 21 3/4 inches long. She has a little strawberry blonde fuzz for hair and is the most precious little thing! Poor Larissa's body was not cooperating and after having her cervix stretched for 12 hours on Monday and then being induced for 12 hours, having her cervix stretched for 12 more hours, and then being in labor for 17 hours yesterday, they finally did a c-section. I am so excited that I can hardly stand it!!!