Halloween 09

Jonathan suggested that we dress up as the modern stone-age family this year. We went to "trunk or treat" at church. It was moved inside due to the crummy weather, but I think it made for a great turn out. We had about 1500 people, including workers/volunteers. Coming home was nuts, our neighborhood was jam packed-people driving their kids from house to house so they could jump out and run to the doors for candy...meanwhile, blocking the street so nobody could get through. Two houses were having huge parties. I was thankful that Abbie had fallen asleep on the way home because it took forever to get in our house. 

Our precious "Pebbles"

Our family-aren't we cute...
PS Jonathan had a pillow under his costume...hahaha
Our first halloween with Abigail was a lot of fun. We are really looking forward to seeing how she reacts to Christmas lights. Call us crazy, but we are decorating for Christmas later this week. We aren't having Thanksgiving here, so we might as well enjoy Christmas! I need to get on the ball with my shopping...I'd love to be done by Thanksgiving, but that probably won't happen.  I am more than half way done though. Some things I've decided to get for people, but haven't purchased yet. I think I'm doing pretty good.

I'm hoping for some Target giftcards : ) There are some things I need to buy Abbie. Like, a high chair, a bigger car seat for when she outgrows the infant one, etc. Jonathan and I were hoping to buy a nice SLR camera this year (had been saving for it), and then the washer and garbage disposal decided to break- all in the week before I had Abbie. Such is life. 

I was in a fender-bender last week. Was rear-ended on 41 by a country guy wearing jean overalls, he was driving a huge truck and pulling a trailer. I had Abbie in the car, too. Thankfully it wasn't bad. She didn't even cry. He bumped me, crunched my bumper a little bit. 

Anyway, that's what is going on with us lately...


11 weeks old

I had every intention of keeping this blog updated better, but other things are more important!

Abbie laughed for the first time last night. She's been smiling since 3 1/2 weeks, and so close to laughing. Last night I was giving her a bath and I wiped her face with the washcloth, and she laughed at me. Of course, this morning I've been trying to get her to do it again and she just grins at me. Oh well! Here are a few pics from Sunday-we went to a pumpkin farm. I feel like time is going by sooo fast. Looking back on the last 2 1/2 months, so much has changed since Abbie was born. She is a JOY.

I'm sure there are prettier babies. But I think mine is beautiful.  : )
Kisses from big brother Chip
Look at that sassy expression already.
Our family, minus Chip

On a personal note,
I've been convicted lately. I've gotten caught up in silly competition and comparisons with people I is it so easy to get off track and become unsatisfied with the blessings I have? It's an ugly thing. A new friend made me realize how VERY blessed we are. I don't want to wish time away, I want to stop and breathe each precious moment in. Savor it for the amazing gift from God that it is.

So many others yearn for the little things that God has blessed me with...
and I take it for granted far too much.

And so I close this post by counting my blessings.

God, help me to be so thankful for what I have. Help us to raise Abigail the best we can. Help me to share my gifts and blessings with other people. Help me to look to you for wisdom and strength.....

help me to show love....

to show YOU to others.


6 weeks old already

I can't believe Abigail is already 6 weeks old! The time has flown by, for sure. I don't have much time for an update right now. Life has been a little busy, haha! She had an appt. with Dr. Payne today, and weighs 10 lbs. 2 oz. Amazing! She's getting so big. We are doing great!!


Abigail is here!!

Yesterday at 7:40 p.m. our beautiful girl was brought into this world. I now understand what every parent knows and words can't truly express what we are feeling. She was 8lb 2 oz. and 20 1/4 inches long and healthy. Praise the Lord for having such a great pregnancy and delivery for Amanda and a healthy mother and healthy girl. Thanks for everyone's prayers.


So they broke Amanda's water at 1:30 today and we are at 7cm and have an epidural in after Amanda's contractions wouldn't stop. So it's 7 p.m. and we should have a baby by sometime tonight or early morning which would be a birthday present to Amanda's brother Hal. So we will keep everyone updated but ask that we have no visitor's please so we can get the rest we need while we can. Thanks for everyone's prayers through this process.


Monday's appt. (July 27)

So, after our drama filled weekend, the drs office worked us in for an appt. yesterday. We ended up being able to see Macie, the midwife that we've seen the most. We gave her the details of the weekend, including all of the crazy measurements that people had given us when they checked me. 

She wanted to check me herself, and felt that I am still at 5cm, and that I am 70% effaced.  She is still about as high as she has been (-2 station). Last time I'd been checked they said I was about 5 and 50%. My contractions have spaced out again, but I've still had some good ones here and there. Macie had us go back to the ultrasound room to to see which way Abbie was positioned. She said she looked great, and was facing "face down" (facing my pelvis), and that it was possible that before she could've been "face up" (facing out, aka posterior position) and that when a baby is in that position, it can cause labor to become a lot slower. All in all, she's the right way now, and looks great. 

Macie had us schedule an appt. for this Wed. to check my progress if I haven't had her by then. Which is encouraging to think that the midwife thinks I could go at any time. 

She's been surprised that I stalled out where I did. I think everyone has been, though. Oh well, Abigail is bent on doing things her own way and taking her sweet time. 

Oh, and on top of everything else, our washer broke Sunday night. It would cost around $200 to repair (it was older anyway) so it isn't worth fixing. We have to buy a new one. So we went to the furniture store and while in the parking lot, Jonathan had to change the tire on the truck. It had been repaired before-so he put the spare on and we went off to Wal-Mart, where they told us that all 4 tires looked really bad/had low tread/were showing signs of dry rot and needed to be replaced. 


We had new tires put on in VA. in 07 and have put only 14,000 ish miles on them (50,000 rated tires), so how does that happen? So we had to get 4 new tires for the truck. And have to buy a new washer. Gotta love the unexpected. I'm like please Lord, nothing else right now....



No baby yet

So, Abbie is a little sneaky deceptive one. She fooled a midwife, a Dr. and four nurses. It's crazy, I had contractions 3-6 minutes apart and progression from 3cm to a "good 5cm" at the hospital-then, nothing. And no baby. They thought I was in full labor, admitted me, the whole nine yards. Even offered me the epidural. NUTS! (Sure glad I wasn't like, yeah, let me go ahead and have one...). I always thought the false labor thing was just something anxious moms jumped to conclusions about...and we were so afraid of doing that, and calling people too early.

But REALLY, when the Dr. and midwife tell say that you are in labor, you tend to believe them.

They should know, right???!!!

And so here we are. It's Sunday night. Still having contractions, but they have spaced out and are nowhere near as intense/painful as before. 

She's coming in her own sweet time.  Sorry for getting everyone all excited. 

We are emotionally drained, as you can imagine. It's been a roller coaster weekend. 

And now, we continue to wait.

Such a mystery... Lord we need a drop

So the latest.... After coming home on Friday, Amanda slept for about 3 hours and had a good dinner. We went walking and got some raspberry tea from Sarah. Starting drinking that and then took another walk. On the second walk, we hit big constant contractions. So we waited to see about going back to the hospital. They slowed down so Amanda decided to get some sleep.
We were back up and going after eating and walking again at 7 a.m. Sat. morning.  Did this and kept drinking tea. Contractions kept picking back up so around Noon, we decided to head back to the hospital. First exam still at 5cm and still hasn't dropped any more. So we walk, hook back up and now even though she is having contractions, the ones that are able to be read on the monitor are actually FURTHER apart! Ugh. The nurse is a little confused, as are we. So we decide to get examined again and still the same thing...
So the nurse feels as if Amanda wasn't actually in labor since she said you can progress like she did at times (though rare) without being in labor and that its possible she is in the first stages of labor on Saturday. She got a shot of demerol and phenergen to allow Amanda to be able to get some good sleep. She said most women will sleep a good bit with this shot and that she has even heard of some sleeping 12 or more hours. Well, she will have heard of another one cause Amanda and I both slept for 14 hours. Soooo who knows, she said that some women after having this shot and getting good rest will wake up and their body has the energy to kick start the laboring process back up again. Hopefully this is the case with Amanda and that our little girl will drop and start moving again and that we will have this baby... 
So pray, pray, pray. We want specific prayer that this baby will drop today and/or that Amanda's water will break today.



Maybe Round 2

Sooo we are having good pains, shorter times in-between. It's 10:23 p.m. and Amanda was able to get about 3 1/2 hours of good sleep this afternoon and a relaxing hot shower. I grilled some chicken and pasta and veggies to get her some strength that she will need. We have done some walking and that has helped. Amanda's Dad went to Walmart and got ice cream and toppings to make banana splits and sundaes. We have just gotten back from another walk to which she was having bendover and breath through contractions about 2- 2.5 minutes apart. So it looks like we might be headed back hopefully soon. PLEASE KEEP PRAYING for continued dropping and progression of stages. We are as far as we know still at -2 station. THANKS!

Stubborn Girl

So it's 12:45 p.m. on Friday 24th and we are officially home and Amanda is resting in the bed. We had been doing great up until about 3:30 a.m. This is when Abigail decided maybe she wants to stay in a little longer. After having 2 runs of 6 drip pitocin (sp?) we had gotten no where. The doctor came and checked her and said that she was at a 5 and was just at a station -2. You have to be at 4 before they get you to start pushing and a 3 before they like to break water. So we got some food and got up and walked. It was good to walk because the labor pains increased and the tightness increased. Amanda had to stop and take breaths this time which is good signs. They felt like the pitocin would do the trick this time however Amanda has been up for almost 36 hours straight and was exhausted and was afraid that if it did work she wouldn't have the strength at the end. So we have made the decision to come home sleep, shower, cut off phones and pray that her water will break or that heavy labor will begin. Sooo.... that is the big prayer that Amanda will get some rest along with the rest of us and that afterwards Abigail will set and be ready to come. The last word is that they don't anticipate her to last through the weekend. So I am sure we will be back soon. Thanks to everyone and hopefully we will have a picture to put up on Sunday! :)


LABOR update!!!

So Amanda and I are at the hospital. We called the doctor wanting to know when he would like for us to call him. They told us to come in and let them do a labor check. When they did Amanda had dilated 3cm. They sent us to the hospital to be monitored. After being monitored for 30 minutes, we walked for an hour and when they re-checked Amanda, she was at 4 cm and they called the doctor and then informed us that we were staying. So it's 10:55 p.m. and Amanda is at 5cm and doing AWESOME!! So baby will be here soon hopefully :)


Week 36 belly pic and artwork pics

The canvas I made for the nursery...I'm pretty 
proud of how it turned out!!

Another crafty project...
Getting huge-but almost there.

Week 37 updates

Baby update ~

Had a Drs. Appt. yesterday. We were scheduled to see Dr. Barfield, one of the only Drs we had not seen yet. However, he was at the hospital delivering a baby…so we didn’t get to see him. At least we’ve seen most everyone else.

Baby Abigail is doing just fine. I have the group B strep test done, will have results in a week-normal test, no biggie. Everything is like it should be…except for the fact that I am 37 weeks (as of today), and I measured 39 weeks at my appt.. So, the Dr. ordered an ultrasound for my next appt., which will be next Friday. Maybe they will be able to tell about how big she’s getting in there. The ultrasound is a somewhat vague estimate, and could be way off. But they are doing one anyway. : )  The Dr. said that sometimes there’s a lot of fluid around the baby which can make people measure ahead, but she didn’t think that was the case with me. She said she felt “all baby” when she was measuring, haha. So, Miss Abbie may decide to come early. If she has no more room, she must come out….right???

The bag is packed just in case. I just have to grab a few things to put in that I use everyday (so I can’t pack them yet).

We pre-registered at the hospital, so we are pretty much ready to go.

This week I finished thank-you notes from the shower (Jonathan's family threw for us this past weekend), finished the canvas for the nursery, nesting a little at a time. 

Just waiting now. 


Circus party-I am astounded.

This has nothing really to do with being preggo, I just had to share.

Seriously, how in the world do you top this party the next year? And I don't even want to think about how much it cost them.

And it was for a 2 year old and a three year old. 

WOW is all I can say!

I do love the creative parties and showers blog, it's so crafty.  : )


July already?

Wow, I can't believe it is JULY. 
My last appt. was on Wednesday. We saw Dr. Ribot, and (GREAT NEWS) I measured at 35 weeks. (Wed. I was 34 and 6 days) So I guess I am back on track, maybe Abbie just had a growth spurt. Hopefully she will be a normal size. Who knows. Also, the Dr. told me that I was lucky to have great skin (just what you want to hear, haha) and that since I didn't have any stretch marks this far in, I most likely wouldn't get them. (YAY) Everything has been textbook so far in this journey. It's scary to think that I could have this baby within this month...we are as ready as we can be!

I don't have any major complaints...
* My lower back hurts if I'm in one spot too long. And when I sleep. 
* This baby is getting pretty heavy. 
* I feel really big and awkward. And bump into things a lot.
* She's squishing all my insides. I have to eat smaller portions more often, and I'm always in the bathroom.
I feel VERY BLESSED to be 35 weeks and not miserable-yet.

What's been going on this week?
*I've been procrastinating in putting up pictures on facebook. I'm 2 weeks behind.  : )
*Jonathan and I put up our pack-n-play last night.
*We went and bought a baby monitor from Target with giftcards from the shower.
*I bought our travel system (stroller and carseat) from BabiesRUS. Jonathan put it together and installed the car seat. We also got a diaper champ on sale, and of course I had coupons for both things. : )
*Went and pre-registered at the HOSPITAL.
*Wrote 57 thank-you notes. NOT an exaggeration...that's how many I wrote for real.
* Been having Braxton Hicks contractions. My body is practicing, yay! 

I still need to:
*Pack my hospital bag : ) I have plenty of time, but just in case...
*Organize all this baby stuff that is ALLLL over the nursery.
*Finish up a few art projects that will go in the nursery.

There are still things we need (or would like to have) for Abbie, (like a swing...high chair...medela pump.......)

BUT we have her crib and carseat (hahaha) so we are good if she decides to make an early appearance. 


Camp Cankles and Preggo brain...

Got back from TVR on Sat afternoon. The ride was long, and when I got off the bus I had really swollen feet. It was really sad, I had almost no ankle definition. Hence, the "camp cankles". : ) Camp was good though. The weather was great. It was nice to be outside and not feel like I was about to spontaneously combust because it was so hot and humid outside! 

Sunday was a full day. My sweet church family threw me a baby shower, and it was just beautiful. Special thanks to Lisa, Sarah, Suzanne, Christa, Mrs. Bobbie, Becky, Mandi, Alison, Cindy, and Bonnie for working so hard on it, and getting us a pack-n-play on top of it all! I hope to get pics from Mandi soon, so I can post some up here. It was just so pretty-they worked so hard. 

After the shower, Jonathan was ordained. Pastor gave him a Timothy challenge, and other pastors/deacons gathered around in a time of prayer. Pastor presented Jonathan with a special Bible to commemorate the ordination. It was a really memorable day.

Us, with Pastor Randall 
As for the preggo brain, I double-booked girls night and a youth activity...and it never occurred to me until last night (both are tonight). That isn't the only dumb thing I've done. Worst of all, my best friend's b-day was yesterday. I totally forgot...and it was on the calendar and everything. I never really thought there was anything to the "pregnancy brain" syndrome.  : )

I am a believer now. 
And now I must go try to make it up to my friend....

PS I have normal ankles again, just in case you were worried about that. 


Waxing Poetic

Just wanted to share my beautiful Mother's Day present from my sweet Jonathan...

Thanks to Eron at GG's ( for getting it ordered and everything! 
It came in just in time for our preggo pictures. 


Preggo pics and drs. appt.

Jonathan and I had some 'belly' etc. pictures done today. Mandi Durham gave us a "picture session" as part of a shower gift. She's really talented. I am excited to see how they turn out. I can't wait until she's finished with them, so I can put some up. 

Had a Drs. appt. yesterday. Everything is great, but they did say I'm measuring two weeks ahead-but not to freak out and worry about it. She said the baby might be a little bigger, or I may just have more amniotic fluid in there, making me measure larger. They'll measure again at my next appt. to see where I am (July 1st I think). Maybe she'll just come a little early, and not be a heifer. We'll see-I can hope. I'm 7 weeks out now, which is crazy!  

We leave for camp on Monday. The high for the week is 79, with lows in the 50's. It will be REALLY nice there, I'm looking forward to it!

We get back on Sat. On Sun. we have our shower for Abigail, and then Jonathan is being ordained later that night. 

Can you say.....BUSY!!!!


New nursery photos & update

Here are a few photos of the nursery progress. The main stuff is done. The crib and changing table/dresser are presents from Jonathan's mom and dad...THANK YOU! Love y'all!! Now we just have some minor decorating to do-and we are looking for an affordable recliner as well. One step at a time!

Yeah, I have been terrible at posting lately. The time is going by SO fast, and it's been super busy. I kept thinking I'd get on here and update, but no...
The last two weeks alone have been insane. We were in Virginia for a VERY short weekend visit. My dad was in the hospital on Friday with crazy chest pain (He's fine now) my sister Emilee graduated from NSA on Saturday, and my Uncle Frank got married on Sunday. Not so much a restful vacation, but it was a good trip. I miss my siblings a lot. Got back to GA with VBS in full swing. I worked in preschool crafts this year=lots of glue everywhere! The kids were great, though. It was nice to see the kids from my class last year (4 yr. olds) each day. We ended up having 500 kids enrolled, and the 3rd-6th grade classes had a separate gospel invitation, with 40 decisions to have a personal relationship with Jesus! The week was lots of work for EVERYONE, but it was a great week. 

 Whew. Just re-reading all that makes me tired again. 

Now it's Monday. We have something to do every single day this week. Softball game, picnic, youth hangout night, girls night out, photo session, and I have another Drs. appt., among other things.  And next week is summer camp!! Then the day after we get back from camp, my sweet church family is throwing us a baby shower. Later that night, Jonathan will be ordained. 

Are you exhausted yet? I'm going to try to rest this week, really. 

There's just too much that I want to do...or need to do.  I think I'm starting to get a little nesting bug. I'm 32 weeks now...33 on Thursday!  Abbie is coming soon! 


29 Weeks today

Wow, it is hard to believe that I'm 29 weeks now. I know I still have a while to go, but the arrival of this lil baby seems very imminent... 

I had my latest appt. yesterday. Weight and blood pressure are still "beautiful".  Doc said I am measuring at 29 weeks-yesterday at the appt. I was 28 weeks and 6 days, so I'm right on target. Everything is good, I'm not having any terrible symptoms, just the normal awkwardness from being bigger. Lower back is sometimes aching, depending on what I've done during the day.

Tonight we have our classes at the hospital. Last week was the first class, and it was really good. It took a lot of the mystery away from what to expect at this hospital. One of the L & D nurses teaches the class. She's been in  L & D for 12 years, and she has a really blunt sense of humor. Plus she had a "show n tell" of sorts, with the gadgets that we might see. It helped to see what the needle for the epidural looks like, hahaha. : ) I'm not so afraid, now. 

We are making lots of progress on the nursery. I am trying to get the border done before I take pics and post them. But soon...give me a day or two, hopefully.  It's been super busy lately. Last night we had a youth hangout at our house, and we had 35 kids attend. I do love the layout of my house...we can fit lots of people! 

Last but not least, tomorrow is our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!  
We feel so blessed to have had 5 great years together. Looking forward to many, many more. It's hard to believe that it's been 5 already. It has gone by so fast.  We will go out and do something fun to celebrate tomorrow.  : )


Mother's Day and nursery progress

My first Mother's Day ~ and 6 months pregnant with Miss Abigail!

After church and lunch, it was down to business. I taped the nursery, and Jonathan started painting away.  Here's the main color, all done and ready to paint the border.
Chip helped. See the paint on his nose?
Jonathan painting away...


Hi, my name is...

And her name is.........

 ~ Abigail Ruth Brantley ~ 

We will call her Abigail & Abbie. Jonathan likes to call her Abbie Roo. It just fits her. We had a easy time deciding because it just stuck with us. Ruth is a family name - My granny's name was Ruth, my mom was Pamela Ruth, Jonathan's mom is Tonya Ruth. 

Happy Mother's Day! 

Here are a few pictures from yesterday...she had her face pressed up against my uterus, so the pictures aren't as clear as they could've been. But, she would not move to help us out at all. She'd been very active all afternoon, and I think she'd finally decided to go to sleep and we were messing up her plan. 


Test results/week 27!

WOW - I'm officially 27 weeks. This pregnancy is going so fast, we still have so much to get done. Like, hopefully painting the nursery this next week! I still have my "innie" for now. Didn't think I would. I know time is very limited on it-hahaha. 

So anyway, I went this past Tues. for the 3 hr. glucose tolerance test.  They drew blood first, then I had to drink the glucose drink - lemon lime this time. For the 3 hr test, the drink is twice as sweet as the orange-flavored glucose drink from the 1 hr test.  Honestly, the stuff was fairly gross. Like flat Sprite syrup. It didn't make me sick or anything though. After I finished my delicious beverage, they drew blood three more times at one hour intervals to see how I was processing the sugar. All in all, they took four vials of blood - two from each arm. It wasn't bad. My nurse was really good, and I didn't even bruise, surprisingly.  I'd been dreading the test, but it wasn't a bad experience. Of course, baby girl was jumping all over the place from the sugar rush. I hadn't eaten since dinner the night before, so I was really hungry all morning. Lunch tasted so delicious after all that! 

Got my results yesterday - - - all totally NORMAL. No gestational diabetes here! I wasn't worried about the results. I knew I was fine. Glad to have that behind me. Now, just a few more days till ultrasound day, and then Mother's Day! : ) And let's not forget the name reveal.....


test & re-test

I had my glucose screening test this past week. My results came back, and my levels were "slightly elevated". So now I have to go back on Tue. for the lovely three hour glucose tolerance test - I won't be stuck there the whole time, I can come and go so it won't be that bad. Glad my Dr. is close! That is one reason we wanted to stay in town to have this baby, so I wouldn't be going back and forth to Atl all the time! : ) So anyway, that is the latest news. I'm not concerned about the test results. I've read that only about 15% of patients who have to take the 3 hr test actually end up having issues. No big deal.  

The rest of my reg. appt was great. Dr. said my blood pressure and weight are excellent. The baby is measuring right where she should. I told her I've been feeling big. : ) She said that a lot of the women she sees (that are expecting their first baby)  have gained double what I have at this point in their pregnancies...which made me feel good. 

At any rate, we are looking forward to seeing "______" next Sat.  YAY!! And everyone will be happy to finally find out the name. Pretty sure my sisters hate us at this point because we won't tell. It's become this big thing for some of the people at church, we've gotten endless guesses...

All I can say is, just be happy that we are telling soon!!! One more week, that's basically it. It's been hard for us, because at home we call her "______" and I almost  slipped up and said her name to someone.  Another mama in our church didn't tell anyone until the baby was BORN. 

So it could be worse, hahaha. Only another week to wait. I will be so glad when we can tell. 


3D/4D Ultrasound

So, we have scheduled our 3D/4D ultrasound and we are SO excited. The facility we will be going to looks amazing. They show the ultrasound session on a 120" movie theater screen, and have 'mommy monitors' overhead so that the moms don't have to twist their necks to see. Plus their packages include a LOT. I will post their website up here afterwards, if they are as fantastic as they claim to be.

Our appointment is May 9th, the Sat. before Mother's Day. Technology is so amazing. The ultrasound pics show you so much...Jonathan calls it "the trailer to the movie" because it really is a sneak peak of what you are 'getting'! 

Only about a week and a half to go before we can see Baby "________" again!

Oh yeah, we are going to be revealing her name on Mother's Day. We thought the timing would be great. : ) Everyone is dying to know. Especially the ones who pretend that it doesn't bother them. Hahahahaha. 


Week 24

We were away on vacation this past week at Myrtle Beach, so I'm late in posting. Here's my latest belly shot...getting big. I may keep my "innie" belly button for another week or two. We shall see.  : )


Week 23

Jonathan picked these out when he went to the Masters this past week, and told everyone that it was gonna be her first Easter outfit. And people had a cow. (Ahhh, living in the SOUTH!)

Chip runs around trying to get in my weekly belly shot, so here he is...Don't be fooled by his doggie smile. He's a mess.

I feel a lot bigger this week. This pic was taken last night, so it was about as close as I could get to being 24 and yet still be (officially) 23 wks. 

This week you can see my belly move on the OUTSIDE when she kicks. Jonathan said it reminded him of "Jurassic Park"...we just watched it this week. Maybe he meant "Alien" instead. Either way, it is crazy.


What's in a name...

So, everyone wants to know the name. 
Well, here is a hint from Jonathan: 

Hint #1 One of the names begins with either an A or a B!! 

I should add that at this time, we are neither confirming nor denying any guesses.

We decided for sure the night we registered at Babies R us. We had been trying it out for a few days, and Jonathan was calling her "_________". I finally said that we either had to make it official or he had to stop calling her that name. So, we made it official. We thought it would be fun to keep the name a secret for a little bit. We aren't holding out on everyone until she gets here, so don't worry. It'll only be a little while. 

10 Commandments of Pregnancy

Ok guys, I stole this from another preggo friend. Her disclaimer is below. Although I don't agree with every point, it still makes me laugh. It seems like it was written by a very angry woman, especially towards the end. I'm thinking she had pushy people in her life, with no boundaries whatsoever. For the record, I welcome help. And even advice, in small doses. Just don't be offended if I choose to do something else instead!!    With that being said, #5 and #6 are SO true. 

This is not my original writing...just a post that's being passed around on the What To Expect boards...

1. The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is "Congratulations" with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you a jerk.

2. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus, or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase "my baby".

3. On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in #2, the pregnancy, birth and the raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it.

4. The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone's stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.

5. Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight- ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about to pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is "You look fabulous!"

6. Most of us have picked up on the fact that summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes.

7. There is a reason that tickets to Labor & Delivery are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, mother-in-law or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt or genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents.

8. Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are not invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital and the parents' home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to "help out". If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.

9. If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from various locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.

10. The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask you to wait 3 weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.


Little girl clothes...

We bought our first little girly outfit the other week. 
Ok, so it's not all frills and lace. But it IS pink!
I was excited about it anyways.


Registering for baby gear

Last week (after we found out that Baby B is a lil' girl)  we went to Target and Babies R Us and registered for baby much stuff! And tons of choices. We went to Babies R Us first, and I thought it was pretty overwhelming! Thank goodness for Sarah Belisle - she allowed us to drag her all over for advice and opinions. She was SO very helpful & has lots of 'mom knowledge' about different products. Of course, we took pictures of our adventures.... 
Exhausted at Babies R us
That baby bump is getting bigger

Jonathan likes the scanner
Didn't take long to find another panda outfit!



I just found a fun new blog, "".
The ideas (and pictures) are amazing! The posting from Wed. April 1 was a pink and green themed baby shower (which they said represented pickles and ice cream, haha). They didn't have cake-they had a sundae bar, complete with pickles for the daring...GROSS! Very non-traditional.

The coolest idea was the water bottles with crystal light pouch. So pretty, I could steal that idea for just about any other function!

The posting from March 30 was an "Army" party- so cool for a little boy!! If you have time, go check out the pictures, they are great!

I love this blog, it's so creative! It inspires me to make something. 


Ultrasound Video

Our little girl! 3-27-2009


Dr. appt. (Week 21)

Before I get into the appointment, let me just say that this child moves like crazy. Yesterday afternoon we were watching a movie, and she was just flipping around in there for about 30 minutes. She's getting strong, too-the movements are much stronger now. 

So I had another appt. today, I'm 21 weeks and four days.  My weight gain and blood pressure are both normal. We saw the midwife today, she said the baby's heartbeat was strong, really strong-almost like she was surprised (?) that it was so good. She said ultrasound results were good, so there's nothing to be worried about there. She also said that I had a 'basketball belly'. That made me laugh-my belly is getting very tight. Growth is on track. Things are great!

As long as I don't develop any strange complications or have false labor issues, she said I'll most likely be able to go with Jonathan to youth camp in June. Which is exciting, because it will be so much cooler there in the NC mountains than staying here in GA in June. I won't be rooming with the students, most likely we will stay in a staff house. 

Next appt. is April 28 -  I'll have a screening test for gestational diabetes then - I'm thinking the glycol will be gross...


Baby Girl Brantley

The first four pictures are from ultrasound #1 (Friday-20th)

Fried Oreos - dessert from our celebration dinner!

Getting ready to find out - look at that belly!
That's the top of her head on screen-getting measurements.

A few pictures of Baby Girl, taken yesterday! (We had three more but they were basically the same-profile shots.) She's doing just fine. Sonographer said she's perfectly healthy. She's got her left hand up by her face in a lot of the pictures, and she's about 13 ounces now.  We'll try to get video up soon - that's a Jonathan project!  Enjoy the pictures! 

Precious little alien face

 Girl parts below