Thursday, March 21, 2013

Weeks 19-20

These last two weeks have been wonderful.  I was able to stop taking Zofran, and John and I had been anxiously awaiting the ultrasound scheduled for Friday, March 15.  Ironically enough, two weeks before the ultrasound I received a letter informing me I have Jury Duty on March 15 at 10:00am.  After panicking a bit, I called and was excused! 
John and I decided we would find out the gender of our baby in the ultrasound.  We planned a reveal party for Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins for later that evening.  We couldn't wait to share the news with family! 
We took Taylor to the ultrasound so she could see the baby.  I know when she thinks "baby" she thinks it's a baby she can hold.  I tried to prepare her, she would get to see this baby on "TV."  She does love going to the "baby's doctor." 
We arrived for our appointment and were immediately taken back for the ultrasound.  My heart was racing.  We were excited about finding out the gender, but I also wanted to know that our baby is healthy. 
The ultrasound was great.  The technician measured, clicked, took pictures, and explained what we were looking at.  Taylor wasn't in to it at all.  She had no idea what that black and white skeleton looking thing was on the TV.  Oh well.  John and I loved every minute!  Our baby was very active, just like Taylor was three years ago.  But this time I didn't drink a Coke before.  Just a banana! 
About five minutes into the ultrasound, she asked if we wanted to know the gender.  We said yes.  She said, "It's a boy!"  We were shocked, A BOY!  We told Taylor, she stared blankly.  She'll get it soon enough. 
The ultrasound turned out to reveal a healthy baby boy.  Everything looks great, and measurements are right on with my due date.  We are so thankful and praise the Lord. 
That evening around 7pm our family gathered for the big reveal.  (see video below)  The votes for boy were 8 and girl were 3.  Taylor was perfect.  She opened the box and out popped the BLUE balloon.  What a great moment to share with our family! 
Friday, March 15, 2013
Taylor revealing to family, "It's a BOY!"
On Monday, I took Taylor into my third grade classroom so she could reveal the gender to my students.  (see picture and video below)  This time all the eyes on her made her a little nervous.  She helped me open the box and share the BLUE with students.  
Monday, March 18, 2013
Taylor revealing to my third grade students, "It's a BOY!"
 I have a quick video of Taylor revealing to my students that we are expecting a baby boy in August. 
We have had such a fun few weeks together as a family.  I'm feeling better, and we can now start thinking about boy names!  Nonna and I have already purchased a few outfits for Baby Boy Warren.  I can't wait to get his nursery ready! 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Week 17-18

On February 21 we had our third GYN-OB visit.  This was a routine visit to make sure all is well.  I saw CNM Tina Hayes, who I adore. 

Actually before this pregnancy, I knew I wanted to see Jan Floyd throughout my entire second pregnancy.  But, after the first appointment in December, I learned that she was moving back to Louisiana.  I was so disappointed.  There is something about Jan that makes you feel so special and comfortable. 

BUT, Tina Hayes is very similar to Jan, and I look forward to seeing her many more times in the coming months.  The first thing Tina did was check the heartbeat.  It was much louder and much stronger this time.  Again in the 140s.  Tina asked if we were planning to find out what we're having.  I said yes.  She said, "Okay.  Because HE'S riding very low."  I said, "What?  He?"  She said, "Yes, typically a low riding baby with a heartbeat in the 140s is a boy."  She said that's what she would go with. 

I couldn't believe she said HE!  We won't know for sure until our appointment on March 15.  But it was so real for her to tell us that it could be a little boy.  I hadn't spent a lot of time thinking about whether it was a boy or girl.  She confirmed that we were very close to finding out. 

I have only known girl, so I don't think I even considered the possibility of a boy.  But, we are so blessed and know that either way, we'll be welcoming a precious baby into our lives.  We'd love a boy, but I would also love a sister for Taylor.  I never had a sister, and that seems like such a special relationship that last a lifetime.  I know Taylor would adore either a little sister or little brother. 

So...we'll see if Tina was correct.  We are so looking forward to seeing our baby through ultrasound.  Taylor will be coming with us.  I don't know what she's going to think when she actually sees our baby on the screen.  I imagine she'll love watching them move and turn. 

Weeks 10-16

Can you believe it?  Two blogs in one day!  Amazing!

I've spent the last few weeks looking back over my blog from when I was pregnant with Taylor.  I have really enjoyed reading about what I was feeling and how my body was changing in my first pregnancy.  The blog has also been a source of comfort for me.  Around 10 weeks I read that with Taylor, around 12 weeks, I was beginning to feel better.  John and I even went out to dinner!  It brought great relief to know that the sick, nauseous feeling would soon be subsiding.  The blog has been a source of strength...the nausea won't last forever! 

Therefore, I hope to continue blogging throughout this pregnancy, so I can one day look back and read about such an exciting time in our lives!

Around week 12 I did turn a corner.  I was still feeling bad, but the medicine seemed to knock it out a lot sooner and quicker.  For that I was very grateful.  John and I were able to go to the beach with his family and enjoy time together with Taylor.  I could finally start taking over some of the cooking and a little bit of the cleaning.  ;) 

On January 23 we had our second GYN-OB visit.  We had been anxiously awaiting this appointment so we could hear the heartbeat!  We decided to take Taylor with us so she could participate in this exciting experience.  We were so thankful to hear a good, strong heartbeat!  This time (unlike with Taylor) John did hear the heartbeat, loud and clear.  Taylor also heard.  We are so thankful that things are going well!  After the doctor left, Taylor wanted us to do the doppler on her belly.  So sweet...she wants to be just like mommy.  :) 

From Day 1 we have shared with Taylor that she is going to be a big sister.  She doesn't quite get it.  But she does get that there is a baby in mommy's belly.  There are times when we ask her to listen to mommy's belly.  I usually ask her, "Is the baby happy or crying?"  She always responds, "Happy!"  It's been fun to watch my belly grow and point this out to Taylor.  We love talking about the baby together.  She wants to help me hold the baby, feed the baby, carry the baby, and rock the baby.  But....seeing the way she treats her baby dolls, we're going to be very cautious with her help!  :) 

I can't wait until the first time Taylor feels the baby kick!  I have been feeling movements starting around Week 15.  Little moves and turns.  I forgot how precious that feeling is!  Looking forward to more special times during this pregnancy!

This is a picture of Taylor and McCord's special Valentine's Date! 
Judging by the way she is with Wade, Taylor will be a wonderful big sister!

Baby Warren #2 Due August 9, 2013

Back in December we found out we are expecting Baby #2 in August!  We are so excited and feel so blessed.  We're not quite sure how you can love another child the same way you love your first.  But we are learning your heart just gets bigger!   

I remember shortly after finding out, wondering if I would be as sick as a was with Taylor.  I was counting the days to when I started feeling nauseous with Taylor.  Unfortunately...the nausea a vengeance!  Fortunately, I was prepared.  Started the Zofran that day. 

Around week 7 we started sharing the news with our family!  Why did we wait until week 7?  I had ordered a "Big Sister" shirt for Taylor from Etsy and was too cheap to pay expedited shipping.  So we had to wait until the shirt arrived.  The Saturday before Christmas, Taylor wore the shirt to Aunt Jessica and Uncle Ronnie's house.  The shirt said "Merry Christmas to me, because I'm a big sister to be!" I carried her in and Aunt Jessica and Nonna were the first to notice "big sister"!  We were so happy to begin sharing the good news. 

On Christmas Eve, we were at Nana and Papa's house.  Just before getting a picture of the three cousins in front of the Christmas tree we slipped the shirt on Taylor.  She walked up to the tree and sat down beside Dylan and Katelyn.  It took everyone a few seconds to notice.  Aunt Jennifer was the first to notice.  She then told everyone to look at Taylor's shirt.  What an exciting time it was!

On Christmas Day, Nana and Papa came over.  Nanny and Papa Charlie weren't in town this Christmas, so we Facetimed them to share the news!  Later that day we drove to Great Grandma Collins' house.  There the whole family was getting ready to open presents.  We let Taylor walk up to Grandma and she burst into tears.  This was such a special time of year to be able to share a special blessing with our family. 

So...much like with Taylor, Weeks 6-10 were rough.  "Just make it through the day" became my motto.  My mornings consisted of the same food as before, blueberry waffles.  Lunches were similar, bland...potatoes, grits...   Dinners I barely made it to the table for. 
John was extremely helpful during this time.  He cooked, cleaned, put Taylor to bed, did most everything while I laid on the couch. 
Around week 8 I started Zantac, which helped tremendously with indigestion. 

Needless to say, not much got accomplished the first few weeks of pregnancy.