Thursday, October 30, 2008

Week 13 - More comparisons & other thoughts

I know everyone isn't interested but I also know some people who are... how do I look this pregnancy compared to Hannah's? Well, the first "preggo" pic I took was on Dec. 8th (my bday) when I was 13 weeks pregnant. So I thought, "Hey, I'll take another at 13 weeks this time, in the same sweater and compare." Here is the verdict:

Whether or not you can tell by the pictures... my belly is definitely a little bigger this go around. However, believe it or not, I weighed a bit more this same time with Hannah (probably about 7-8lbs more). I guess it was just distributed differently. ;) I obviously don't have a 13 week picture from my 2nd pregnancy because it didn't last that long.
The nausea has been off again, on again this week. I still can't complain because it's not all day long. It's been primarily just in the evenings (about 7 or 8ish) for the last 3 nights. So it's not totally gone but much better.
I wept for a friend of mine today. I'll leave her name anonymous. She just found out she was pregnant a few days ago and then began to miscarry yesterday. I know the pain and sadness of a miscarriage and my heart and prayers go out to her in so many ways.
There's not really a lot to share this week. It's not been a really eventful week (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Maybe it'll be more exciting next time!
Take care,

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween at the Zoo

So we went to the big zoo party last night and got some fun pics.
Hannah was a Cheerio Princess (because of her obsession). She only got mad at me once for not letting her eat the "O's" off her dress. Click on the pic below to enjoy them all!

Take care!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Week 12 - Less Nausea: Hallelujah!!!

Oh what a wonderful week it's been on the nausea radar! For some of you, that may sound like a crazy comment. Unless you're my friend Sarah or a few other nauseous pregnant women in my circle. Starting about Monday, my nausea has been significantly less than previously. Praise God! Seriously. I've had a few moments here and there but overall, my days have been much more pleasant. I don't wonder if I'm going to vomit at any given moment. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord (and all my prayer warriors)! I hope that season is coming to pass!

Speaking of week 12, I've always been told the first 12 weeks are the most critical and most likely for a miscarriage to occur. Tomorrow, I start week 13 and there is a sweet sense of peace surrounding this child. I know that anything can still happen but it's nice to know I've reached a critical week. I must trust in the Lord and His plans.

Oh, and we've FINALLY agreed on a girl's name, should the baby be one. A girl will be Sophia Joy and a boy will be Benjamin James. Want some name explanation? Well, Sophia is just a name we both like. It means "Wisdom" in Greek (some of you may recall Hannah means "Grace" in Hebrew). We're very big on names that mean something in one way or another. Joy means... well, joy! hehe The middle name was one I was very fixated on. I want our child to be joyful in the Lord. Benjamin is the name of James' dad. It means "son of my right hand" and has Hebrew origination. James is obviously James' name but it's also much more. James is also the name of my brother (James Rogers, Jr), my spiritual father (Dr. James Scroggins), and my belated biological dad (James Rogers, Sr). Needless to say, the name James means a lot to me in so many ways. So we're settled.... Now we just have to wait until December 10th to find out if the baby will be a Sophia or a Benjamin! :)

We'll be going to the zoo tonight for their Halloween party. Hannah will be dressed as a Cheerio Princess since she is so in love with that cereal! I will obviously post pictures as soon as I have the chance!

Until next time....

Her Beloved Elmo

This Elmo and the houseshoes arrived from her Memaw (Terra's mom) in the mail one day. As always, Hannah's in love. ;) Don't worry, she hasn't totally ditched her Tickle Me Elmo, she just has two loves now. ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Week 11: The Happiness of a Heartbeat

Yesterday was my first official prenatal checkup. By God's grace, it fell on a day that was easy for James to be off work and spend most of the day with Hannah and I. It started with the usual: questions, weight check (I've gained 4 lbs), blood pressure check (110/60), and so forth. Then I was able to get James and go to the exam room. After about 10 minutes of waiting, the doctor came in. We'll call her Dr.J. She celebrated with us knowing that the last time I'd seen her, we were hoping for pregnancy. I literally conceived just days after my last visit with her!

So after chatting for a bit, we did some of the not so fun stuff. Then it was time to check for the baby's heartbeat. I told her I had tried not to get my hopes up because we didn't hear it the first time with Hannah. She assured me that if we didn't hear it on the doppler, she'd pull the ultrasound in to check. Wow. That was kind of nice. She knew of my concerns after our miscarriage and took that into account. Good job Dr.J.! Anyway, back to the doppler. It took her only a few seconds to locate the heartbeat. After hearing it, I laughed with excitement. Of course, if you know anything about a doppler, laughing only causes you to lose the heartbeat again as the doppler is moved. She repositioned it and said, "It's a good, strong heartbeat." I laid there taking it in. Good. Strong. All of a sudden, a tear dropped down my cheek and I found myself fighting back more. I had no idea I would respond such a way. It's not like I wasn't sure I was pregnant, the symptoms keep my assured of that. But hearing a "good, strong heartbeat" was such an encouragement and blessing. I thanked the Lord.

On the entertaining side, when Hannah heard the heartbeat (she was there), she started dancing to it's rhythm. Funny stuff. Won't that be a good story to tell her and her younger sibling as they age? James was also blessed. It was just a pure, sweet moment for our family. In 8 weeks, the week of my birthday (Dec. 8), we get to find out the sex of the baby! Of course, that's assuming it's positioned well enough. I'm very excited about that! James is convinced it's a boy. I'm not convinced either way. After all, I was SO SURE Hannah was a boy and she's clearly not! ;) I'm really not preferring either sex more than the other.

My nausea has been changing up a bit. I'm finding my mornings (until around lunch) less nauseous as long as I've eaten breakfast. However, there is typically a time in the early afternoon I don't feel well and by 6 or 7 at night, I'm really struggling again. I'm still going to bed shortly after 8pm if at all possible to fight the urge to vomit. The benefit of that is that I'm getting plenty of rest!

In the midst of all this, Hannah's sleep schedule is changing dramatically so that has been challenging. She's going from two naps to one. In addition, I'm trying to start putting her down a bit later and making her stay in bed in the morning a bit later in preparation for daylight savings time in a few weeks. She's sleeping about 30 minutes later in the morning so far which is a huge step! Pray us through this change please!

James started his new position at Meijer this week. While it's going well, there's always the pull to ministry. We both know he will be back in a full-time church position eventually, we just don't know the timing yet. We love the church we're at now and feel like we're growing so much. We're just waiting on God's leading.

I guess that's enough for now!

Take care,

Sunday, October 12, 2008

80's Flashback

I saw a link to this video on another website and it was a total and hilarious flashback. Did this voice really come out of this guy? :) I love the dancing too.. hehe funny stuff.

Take care,

Flickr Account

Just for everyone who'd like to know, I've officially started a full-fledged Flickr account to upload all of our pictures to. Enjoy!

Take care,

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Apple Fun at Huber's

In the Apple Orchard, originally uploaded by Jamesandterra.

Just a cute silly video taken at Huber's yesterday. Enjoy.

Week 10: Pregnancy Comparisons

Now that I'm getting ready to leave my 10th week of pregnancy (1/4 of the way through!), I've contemplated some of the differences from my other ones. For clarification for those unaware, I've had one full pregnancy (38weeks with Hannah Mai), one cut short by miscarriage (at around 5-6weeks) and now the current at nearly 11 weeks. Obviously, with my second being so short, I don't have much to compare to that one, other than regular fatigue.

So what exactly has been different this go around? Many things already! First, I found out only a day after a missed cycle. With Hannah, it was 3 days later. With the second pregnancy, it was 2. I guess I've just got my cycles down to a science. ;)

Next, the nausea! Wow! With Hannah, I didn't even start getting sick until I was 12 weeks pregnant. Given, I felt sick here and there but nothing regular. Then once I got sick, it was very predictable. Every night around 7 or 8pm, I'd start feeling queasy. Then every other night, I'd vomit. The whole ordeal lasted for about 3 months. With this pregnancy, from the very beginning of week 6, I've been nauseous almost constantly, all day, every day. I've been physically sick only twice but I feel like I could be any given time. Yuck. I'm not sure which is worse. Guess I can't really make a claim on either till I'm further along in this one.

Then the fatigue comparison. I have to say, if my memory serves me well enough, the fatigue has been about the same in each pregnancy. However, one HUGE difference is that I have a toddler to chase around now. I can't just take a nap whenever I feel good and ready like I could the first time. But then again, with the first pregnancy, I was working full time (waitressing) and taking 12 hours of Master's level classes at Southern Seminary. Hmmmm..... I'm not sure which is harder. ;)

Food... I feel like I'm eating ten times as much this time. Partially because I'm hungry, partially just to curb the nausea. I read somewhere that a women pregnant with a boy will eat 200-300 calories more a day than one pregnant with a girl. Could this be a sign??? ;) I'm sure my hubby would like for it to be. Then again, someone pregnant with twins would eat more too. Ha... I think I'd die if I were pregnant with twins. I'd have 3 kids under 2 years old!

Weight gain. Though it's still early to tell for sure, I've gained much less weight so far with this one than Hannah. I was actually scolded by my OB with Hannah for gaining 13lbs in my first trimester. As of now, I've only gained 2lbs. Of course, I still have 3 more weeks to go before I'm out of my 1st. But if I gain 11 more pounds in the next 3 weeks... I've got a problem! It's weird because I gained the recommended 35lbs total with Hannah... it was just not in the "right" time frame.

Anyway... I think that's enough for today. Maybe we'll do more comparisons as the time goes by. Until then...

Take care,

P.S. We still haven't agreed on another girl's name (just in case)...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cute Pics of Hannah

Click the picture below to see some totally cute pictures taken by our friend Jessie Minnery. :) Enjoy!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Weeks 8 & 9: The Nausea Battle Continues

I would apologize for my delay again but it seems silly at this point. You all already know how I've been feeling so what good is yet another apology? ;) Thank you for your patience. Now let me catch you up on the last few weeks of pregnancy and family life in general.

Week 8 (of the pregnancy, that is), continued as previously. I did have my first OB appointment that week. However, it wasn't one of the exciting ones. As a matter of fact, I was given a ton of information about pregnancy (much of which was a refresher course since I've already been pregnant before). Other than that, I had my blood drawn and the 'oh so fun' urine test. That was really about it. I didn't actually meet with the OB at this visit, just a nurse. However, the nurse was incredibly friendly and an experienced Labor & Delivery nurse (before slightly switching fields). The hardest thing that week was trying to finish getting ready for the huge yard sale we had Saturday. Through exhaustion and nausea, by God's grace, I did finish pricing and organizing it all. The weather was perfect (overcast and about 75 degrees) and it was a huge success. We didn't sell any of our big items but we sold enough smaller items to make it way worth it. Oh...and I didn't mention, I got physically sick for the first time this pregnancy that morning. Yuck.

Week 9 (which ends today, Sunday) found me even more sick than I have been so far. I've literally been out of it and asleep by 8pm for the last 3 or so nights. It's not so much from tiredness (though part of it is), but straight up nausea. After dinner, it all starts going downhill. I haven't found a way to stop the nausea. Before I know it, I feel like I'm going to spend the rest of my evening vomiting if I don't sit down and rest. Then sitting turns to laying which turns to sleeping. Ugh. Though I have to say I'm one of the most blessed women around thanks to my husband. He has been so patient and helpful during this all. One of the things I can hardly stomach right now is cleaning around the house. No, it's not an excuse, I'm serious. With every big, quick, or constant movement I feel sick to my stomach - all day, every day (almost). James has been patient with a less than clean house and even comes home after a busy day at work and helps get everything in order - with no complaining. It's such a blessing. Some days I literally feel like all I can do is take care of Hannah and I. It just depends. I'm REALLY praying this is an "average" pregnancy and the nausea is simply peaking between weeks 9 and 10 all to decrease around 12 weeks. Would you pray that with me? :)

Also this week, I had a Premier jewelry show for my friend Rebecca. I thought I would be sick all the way up until the point of getting to Rebecca's house. On top of that, because of poor planning on my part, I didn't get a babysitter and Hannah had to join the festivities. I was a tad bit scatter brained but made it through. And I got two bookings for November and another in the spring. I've also got shows the next two Saturdays that I'm hoping will increase my fall sales and bookings.

Aside from pregnancy happenings, what else is going on in our lives? Well, Thursday, James, Hannah and I went on our second annual fall family picnic at the waterfront. We did take pictures but I'll have to upload them later (not enough stamina right now, hehe). We had a great time and Hannah LOVED the small new splash park there. Too bad my camera ran out of battery power half way through the fun!

This coming weekend will be busy too. Both James' parents and my mom will be visiting for the weekend. It'll be good to spend time with everyone, even for a short period. I'll also have a jewelry show in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday. And this time, with three grandparents in town and my hubby off work, I KNOW I'll have a babysitter. :) Now I just have to pray I'm not extremely nauseous while there.

Oh and other really exciting news: James is receiving another promotion at Meijer! I'm so proud of him! He'll be a full fledged manager with his own department (Media) and receive a small pay raise as well. It was very encouraging the other day speaking with one of his team members. She commented on how everyone at Meijer loved James. While I know that's probably a tiny exaggeration, I do know he is loved and admired there. And he's my husband - aren't I blessed?

Anyway, I think I've written way more than enough today. ;) I hope this catches everyone up a bit. I'll try to get the newest pictures up here whenever I have the time and am feeling up to it. I pray you are all doing well!

Take care,