Baby Steps

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Eeyore Syndrome

A good friend of mine told me something funny that I thought really applied to me right now. She said that when she would have a bad day or be a little depressed one of her former co-workers would tell her she had the Eeyore Syndrome. I thought it was very fitting for the way I have been feeling the past couple weeks! 

I haven't had much pain until the start of my 34th week. I went from feeling great to having trouble doing anything, and it felt like this change was overnight. I figured this is just part of it and I would just have to tough it out.  (Hence the Eeyore syndrome beginning) Doing regular things, like laundry, cooking and getting ready have turned into a dreaded chore. Most days I feel like I just waddle around the house, eat and sleep. I felt like my belly was growing faster than ever before.

 I went to the doctor on Monday and she measured my belly and said I am measuring at 37 weeks instead of the 35 weeks I actually am! No wonder I started feeling bad so fast, I am two weeks bigger than I should all makes sense. All of the growing, stretching and other wonderful things that happen during pregnancy have been sped up the past two weeks and my body is worn out. I'm just glad it wasn't my imagination, I really am noticeably bigger every morning when I wake up.  So with that being said, my doctor thinks she will induce around 38 or 39 weeks depending on if my body is ready. So.....that could possibly 2-3 weeks!!!  All I can say is we are ready!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Father's Perspective

I thought that I would take a stab at this blogging phenomenon that has gripped Annie. It seems to help her cope with some of the pregnancy issues, and through this blog we have learned that it is helping others with their own situations. I often get the feeling that men are left out of the pregnancy, but I think it is important, especially in a high risk situation, that I share my thoughts so that they may one day help another expectant father.

It is amazing to see how God works in the normal circumstances of our everyday lives without us knowing. It takes a self reflection to start to see how God puts things in their place. From the moment I stood staring at the empty window of the test strip, I had changed. 
Getting ready for Christmas; only taking the test to be sure Annie can have a beer at dinner; it is too early for a kid; there's a plus sign; wait, what does the plus sign mean?; box says pregnant; curse word; Annie, you're pregnant; I'm not lying; nervous, fear, joy, angst, thankful; I swear I'm not lying, stop hitting me; tears - why is she crying? why am I crying?; who do we tell?; so many questions; Best Christmas Ever.

Three months of sickness, all day, every day. I have been to every doctor's appointment, I don't want to miss anything. Annie assures me that the next one is just for measurement, and it will be okay to travel. She calls to tell me that she saw the baby on ultrasound for the first time and I wasn't there. The realization hits me that this will only be the first of many missed memories.

At this point we have settled into the idea of parenthood. We go to the doctor and find out that I am having a daughter! But, everything is not now know the rest of the story.

Uncertainty becomes the hardest thing, until you find out more. 
This is where God stepped in. Neither Annie nor I have been as focused on God as we should be at this point. We had been going to church for 6 months or so and I was going on a mission trip to Honduras, but it was more like we obeyed God in the places that it was easiest. When we heard that Pi probably had Agenesis of the Corpus Collosum, it was the day before we both left on our respective trips. The thought entered both of our minds to cancel the trip, but God was asking us to not. Don't ask me how I know, but this decision to leave my wife in such a vulnerable position was tough. God ended up blessing us immensely. He gave us both exactly what we needed. Annie was able to spend time with my family - crying, hugging, and being around love - I was able to heal with my own best medicine - laughter. Since this time, God has given us such a peace about the situation. He is teaching us that no matter what, we will be blessed by this child. 
There are less than 6 weeks left until I meet my baby girl. Everyone has their own advice, wisdom, thoughts on raising children, but I am beginning to realize that no one does it the same way. So why listen to them? I have a lot to learn, but I think this learning will take place between the three of us.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

34 weeks and counting!

Today is the beginning of my 34th week of pregnancy. So far I have felt pretty good but I can tell I am beginning to get tired more easily and I am having more pain than usual. I decided that I wanted to get the nursery all finished before I get to the point where I don't feel like doing anything. I think Bob Ross would be proud. 

A happy little tree

Still trying to decide on a quote or bible verse for the yellow oval. Any suggestions?

Re-purposed brass light fixture. (This was Justin's idea)

Hope she likes green and orange!

There is some pink too

We got this glider for free, I repainted it and made cushions

Making himself right at home!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Go big or go home

 the three of us

We had an amazing weekend with family and friends in Knoxville. Our family from Charleston was able to make it up for our baby shower and we were able to spend the weekend with them.  On Saturday, we were able to see many of our friends that we have not seen in over a year. It was great to catch up with everyone! Our baby shower was amazing and the final head count was 65 people!!!! We had many people tell us this weekend at our baby shower that our motto should be "go big or go home." I guess we don't do things the traditional way!

We feel so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives and can't wait for everyone to meet Piper.

One of Piper's grandmothers-better pick out a name soon!

Aunt Stacy, Granna and Papi

Aunt Stacy

hello fazer, hello mozer

Great Aunt Julie

Cousin Laney and Great Uncle Byl

Gigi and Justin

Papa Jay

Cousin Drew

Great Uncle Buddy, Papa Jay and G

Yes she is!

Just a little update on Piper. She is weighing in at 5lbs 1oz and doing great! She is still on track for her August 25 due date! Only 45 more days!!!!