Baby Steps

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Technology is awesome!

   Justin's baby picture      Piper's 4d ultrasound picture

We had a 4D ultrasound done yesterday and got to see Piper! She looks just like her daddy!  She weighs 3lbs 10 oz and is measuring right on schedule for her August 25 due date. From the ultrasound we saw that she has all of her fingers and toes and it looks like she already has a ton of hair. Wonder what color it will be? We can't wait to meet her!

Justin                                Piper
Justin                          Piper
 Little hand

 Sleepy girl

 Legs crossed

 One eye open


 I'm number one!

Arms crossed

This is my favorite!! I love that sweet smile!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Great Weekend!

 Piper's face

We had an awesome weekend. It started off by our visit to the high risk doctor on Friday morning. Neither one of us look forward to going to this doctor because we usually leave upset. We left feeling blessed and thankful. We got to see sweet Piper and she is 3lbs 7oz! She is growing exactly like she should be and all of her measurements look good. The doctor looked at her face and seems to think that she will not have any facial abnormalities (which can happen to babies with AgCC). We have a 4D ultrasound on Friday so hopefully we will be able to see her face better. We decided that we are not going to do an amniocentesis because it will not change the way they treat her when she is born. It is only to determine whether or not her condition was caused by chromosomal abnormalities or infection. We are just going to wait until she gets here and go from there.  

On Saturday, Justin had his head on my belly and was able to hear her heartbeat loud and clear. I thought this was a great early father's day gift for the dad to be. As you can see, he was very happy about it too.

Father's day was great, we had a great day at church and spent the afternoon listening to bluegrass music at the Chattanooga market. It's funny how things change, we spent most of the day checking out people's strollers and baby gear....

Only 65 more days to go!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Budgeting and grocery shopping the easy way...

Two online resources that have helped make our lives easier... thought I should share

When we found out we were having a baby,  Justin decided to put us on a budget to help us build our savings. He found a website that

"brings all your financial accounts together online,
automatically categorizes your transactions, lets you
set budgets & helps you achieve your savings goals"

The best's free! The site organizes all of your spending based on categories that you set up. It's basically the same principle as the envelope system but you don't have to worry about keeping up with cash. You can download an app on your phone so you can see exactly how much money you have left when you are out shopping. Being able to see how much we have left in a certain category has helped nix the impulse buying and lets us be more conscious about our spending.  Try it out

A typical night at our house used to be... 

What's for dinner?
I don't care, what do you want?
Anything I'm just hungry.
Well you are the pregnant one.
Yep, so that means I'll eat anything.
So what do you want?

This conversation could go on forever. Since I'm not much of a planner I have a hard time deciding what to do for meals and spend tons of money at the grocery store. My least favorite thing to do is go grocery shopping.  A couple weeks ago I mentioned to Justin's grandmother that I wish someone would just tell me what to eat every week and give me a list for the store.  She told me she had the answer to all of my problems!! She introduced me to a website called  You pay $5 a month and they will set up a 5 meal plan for you.  They give you a shopping list and recipes for the meals. Part of your plan includes the store you shop at and the meals are based on what is one sale that week. I am an extremely picky eater so I was afraid I would never eat the meals but so far I have liked everything. The best part is....our weekly bill for 5 dinners is $35-45 and I only spend a short time at the store since I know exactly what I need for each meal.  No more asking what's for dinner...that's worth $5 to me!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

29 weeks

 15 weeks pregnant
29 weeks pregnant

Today is the beginning of the 29th week of my pregnancy. It seems to be flying by now.  I weighed in today at 140! I started at 114 so +26 pounds so far. Justin has made a goal for himself, he is trying to work out and lose just enough weight so I will weigh more than him....looks like there is a real possibility that it could happen.

So far, Piper is a very active baby. She moves and kicks non-stop every day. I have gotten used to the judo chops to the stomach and the kicks that almost knock the breath out of me. She likes to start moving around 10:30 every night and continues all night long. I don't sleep much anymore but I know its just preparation for the sleep deprivation coming in the next months.  People are starting to nickname her Hyper Piper...uh oh we may be in trouble.

We go back to my OB and the high risk doctor next week. We are scheduling a 4D ultrasound and an amniocentesis.  The amniocentesis will tell us if her condition is due to chromosomal abnormalities or infection during the first trimester. I am not looking forward to doing this procedure but I know the more information we have, the better. Hopefully no more surprises in the coming weeks. 

Here are some things that have surprised me so far....

-I love being pregnant
-The dogs never leave my side
-I don't eat much more than I did before
- I'm stronger than I thought
-I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything
-I grew out of my clothes fast
- I like my big belly
-I don't have mood swings at all
-I'm starting to like pink (a little)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Baby steps to August...Baby steps to August

For those of you that remember the movie 'What about Bob' this may sound familiar. This seemed to work for Bob so we have adopted this method for getting through the tough obstacles in our lives. So far it's working.

As most of you know, we are expecting a baby girl Piper in August. This is our first child and we are ecstatic about meeting her. The pregnancy has been nothing less than the hardest thing either one of us has been through. In August, I mentioned wanting to get a puppy, Justin said it would be too much work and having a baby would be easier...boy was he wrong.

My pregnancy began fairly normal (i guess?) I experienced about 2 months of all day long morning sickness which was no fun but I just tried to suck it up and not complain. Easier said than done. Around the beginning of my second trimester the sickness began to fade and I started feeling like myself again. Around this time we were able to find out if we  were going to have a little girl or boy. I think the day we went to the doctor was the happiest and most exciting day for both of us. Little did we know we would leave the hospital in tears. We found out we are having a little girl (yay!) and ten minutes later we found out there is an abnormality on her brain in the ultrasound. Talk about going from being on top of the world to about as low as you can possibly feel in a matter of ten minutes. We were advised to go to a high risk doctor so they could give us more answers.

Our first visit to the high risk doctor was an unusual experience for both of us. We went in  scared and nervous and left confused and sad. The doctor we met with was the spitting image of the wizard of oz...and his words of wisdom were "it's all gravy".  Not the reassurance we were hoping for. We found out nothing except time will tell, so we left and tried to just stay positive. Through the next weeks we continued visiting both doctors and I was scheduled for a MRI. The doctors told us that it was mainly for observation and it was unlikely we would know much about her condition.

We went back to the doctor after the MRI and thinking we wouldn't know anything else about her, we were told her diagnosis at the appointment. (By the way, this is the day before Justin left for a week long mission trip to Honduras) They said she has Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum...What??? All I could do was sit there and hold back tears. There is no feeling like hearing there is something wrong with your baby and there is nothing you can do. The doctor explained to us that the  structure in her brain that connects the left and right hemisphere is not present. It develops in the first trimester and if it's not there now it will never be. He also told us there are no two cases the same so we will have no clue how she will be affected until we meet her. So we left and cried together. Justin started accepting the situation and I just cried the rest of the day.

That was May 20, and we both are doing a lot better now. We are scared but it doesn't control our life in a negative way. We both have faith in God and know that he has a plan for us even if it's hard to understand.  We know that this is going to be the hardest thing we have ever gone through but we have each other,our faith, family and amazing friends. We are just learning how to be patient and slow our lives down so that we can take each day at a time.