Pregnancy Survey.

Pregnant Survey (Just for fun!)

When did you find out your were pregnant? November 2, 08
What was your reaction? shocked by the two pink lines, also extremely shaky but EXCITED!
Who did you tell first about the pregnancy? My Husband – who was also as shocked as I was, making me pee on two more, and then another two a few days later, and then 2 more before we told my family!
Date of Conception? October sometime, or at least that was what we thought
Due Date? July 9 – my mom’s birthday!
Was the pregnancy planned? um Yes and took us forever but this baby is perfect!
How did your parents react? My dad was calm but excited, my mom on the other hand… sat there in shock after we had her unwrap her gift which was a bib saying: grandma’s cutie (and a pregnancy test ted made me use before we arrived there), once it hit my mom she literally bounced up and down and hugged me and screamed. SO great. We’ve caught it on video which I hope to post!
How did your partner’s parents react? They we’re excited! I wish they lived closer so we could have told them face to face though!
Did you go to the doctor yet? Yes, and I had a crazy first experience. I went in, took a test, waited in the room, and the nurse came in and said “Hon, so you think you are 6 weeks pregnant?” and I was like, “Yes I know I am.” (We had just told all of our staff where we work so I’d better be). She then told me I wasn’t pregnant, and I almost passed out until she called me Mary, which I said I was Jami, and she realized she had the wrong chart! PRAISE GOD!
Did you have your first ultrasound? yes too many- at 10 weeks, and another at 18, and 22 but that is all we are doing from here on out because it’s really not safe!
Do you know the sex? Boy or Girl? It will be a surprise for me. Ted knows and has kept it hidden this far. I am almost 99% sure it’s a baby girl – not a word from God or anything. I asked God to keep it a secret from me as well :)
How is the baby’s movement? GREAT & frequent – some days beats me up from the inside! I love it!
How is the baby’s heartbeat? Speedy!
Baby’s name? Secret. JUST figured out our boy’s name too – HOORAY!
Did your husband help pick the name? Our girl’s name I’ve had since 16, originally it was a name of a sound I loved but I thought it would be a adorable girl’s name, Ted did help decide the middle name. And our boys name as well!
Mom to be’s latest cravings? I am ashamed but mcdonald’s sausage egg mcmuffin – mostly salty right now
Mom to be’s latest “pregnant” moment? Two -1: I forgot a best friend’s Feb. birthday!!! 2: I cried last night for no apparent reason other than I just wanted to cry.
What was the first change you noticed in your body? I immediately went from a size B to a D, I mean Immediately, ask anyone around me at the time. BAM!
What was the latest change in your body? My expanding stomach is aching a lot, due to the growth spurt baby e is on! The baby’s movements make it all worth while though.
What is your sleep schedule? Whenever I can, lately we’ve been up later than normal, but I usually go to bed as early as I can.
What is your work schedule? 9 – 5:30 sometimes later or earlier depending on worship or intercession Monday, Wed, Fridays.
What is the last thing you bought for the baby? Surprisingly I haven’t bought anything yet, but I did win a serasoft stuffed animal, an elephant last week for the baby it’s almost the size of a body pillow too! (pics above) IT’S SO ADORABLE!
What was the last thing you bought for yourself? A bagel & cream cheese & caffeine free cream soda!
Planned birth place? At home, hopefully in a tub!
Who will be in the room with you? Still unsure. Def. my midwife, Ted, and my mom.
Are you scared? Not yet.
Are you going to use drugs? No.
How do you think you will react? With many tears.
How do you think your partner will react? I think he’ll fall in love at first sight and cry too :)
Have you started birthing classes? I’ve attended two, but I hope to do more in the 3rd trimester when my schedule is more relaxed.
What is the nursery theme? I recently added the elephant but it’s not really a theme.
Are you going to breastfeed? Yep!
How much weight have you gained? 13 pounds! I feel huge, but it’s mostly in my breasts and belly right now, probably soon to be elsewhere.
What is your favorite thing about being pregnant? our baby inside & all of his or her movements!
What is your least favorite thing about being pregnant? probably the entire first trimester when I was ill often but now it’s the fact that when hunger hits, it hits fast and i need to eat right away or I feel sick!
Biggest pet peeve while pregnant? probably when people compare my growing belly to others speed of things, that’s hard sometimes cause I’m so short and feel huge already!
Favorite drink before pregnancy?Tie: Dr. Pepper or Carmel Macchiatos
Favorite drink while pregnant? grape juice YUM and i enjoy iced water with Lemon more than ever!
What features do you hope the baby gets from you? freckles, my feet (sorry babe!), my mouth.
What features do you hope the baby gets from your husband? DEF. eye colour and eye shape, height, hair colour, and nose!
What week did you start wearing maternity clothes? So far, not yet – I am still in my jeans although they are tighter than before!
What week (if any) did stretch marks appear? Still haven’t yet and IM SHOCKED! I figured with the baby’s growth spurt I’d have them. It’s hereditary so we shall see!
What are 3 things you can’t live without right now? Only 3 huh… st. Ives lotion, ted, bella band
What is your favorite smell or scent while pregnant? I rarely smell good things actually… i still love the smell of coffee, also Ted’s scent too!
What is the worst smell? Friends & family tell me I am always saying it smells like Chili, cat food, or vomit which i won’t deny, I am convinced I smell one of the three everyday. SICK!
What is your favorite pregnancy website?
What is your favorite baby names website? – cause it’s the most fun
What is your favorite kids movie? NEMO! I’m actually a sucker for kids movies! I love almost all of the pixar movies & old school disney movies, also horton hears a who!
What is the first thing you might say to your new baby boy or baby girl? Probably I love you, but I might just be shocked into silence and tears! We’ll see!

Our Little Love (has my nose).

Today we had an ultrasound to check the baby’s anatomy, as well as the placenta. It went super well! I always enjoy the ultrasound technician, I think she enjoys our reactions too as we see our little one squirm!

Great news – the placenta has a little lake of blood, but nothing to worry about! The loop or whatever it was, didn’t show up in this ultrasound, so it’s GONE! Which means, I can have a safe home birth! Praise God, He knew our heart’s desire!

Our baby is adorable, I’m so in love! He or she was facing up so we could see it’s cute little mouth opening and closing, we saw it’s little tongue sticking out, and it’s cute little nose (I think it looks like mine, but really have no idea)! Ted and I were in awe when we witnessed that. It was so clear this morning and we were thankful because we can’t afford the 3D ultrasound. The baby’s anatomy is great as well, it’s little heart beats so fast!

They say I am measuring a week ahead of schedule, but that could be just for now, we shall see. I am hoping for the baby to be born on my mom’s bday, but of course if the baby comes early I’m not complaining! Baby is 1 pound!!

One thing I probably should share… I did not and I am not finding out the sex of our baby, although I am still think this little love is a girl. Ted however… he found out! Stinker, I know! He can’t handle the wait and surprise of it all, which I finally came to understand and he spent time praying and felt like he could do it and keep his mouth zipped. The midwife and ultrasound gal thought that we were pretty funny for doing this. I still can’t believe he knows. It’s crazy, but I’m praying that I won’t find out!

This probably means he is going to mess with me a lot the next few months. He did tell my mother-in-law, but I trust her completely!!

Notice how our little ones arms cover the face. SO CUTE! (click to enlarge if you’d like)
Jami & our little Love

The Womb and Some Incredible Verses.

I know I’ve just updated the blog with photos, but I’ve got to share some things that have been on my heart a lot lately. I am subscribed to the Above Rubies email newsletters, and the most recent one talked a little bit about the womb, and I thought this was interesting.

Different meanings for the womb;

“house of life”
“nesting place”
“palace of a child” (This is what it means in Chinese)
“the secret place” (from Psalm 139:15)
“cradle of the unborn”
“God’s creative workshop”

Another thing I’ve been looking into is different verses throughout the Bible about children, the womb, God creating, and simple truths. It’s been incredible to read and look into. Some of the following verses I’ve found may be out of context & paraphrased, but really spoke to me about our little love. Here are some of the verses that I really feel for our baby (and if you are prego, and have a child maybe consider some of these verses for your own little one, they are incredible):

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:1-3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3

I’ve realized lately the importance of prayer for our little love and with each of the verses that I read above, I became more and more excited for this one’s destiny and where God will lead him or her and most importantly His love for our baby. It’s incredible. When I first lay in bed at night, our baby starts it’s squirming and kicking here and there, and it excites me so much. I love just lying there, talking to the baby or singing little songs of how much I love him or her. I felt silly when I first started this, but honestly it helps me to feel really connected with our little love. It’s the most precious thing. Maybe I sound a bit crazy, but I really don’t know if I’ve ever felt this way. I can’t even describe it.

Thanks for listening, once again!!
Jami & Baby

Week 21: Getting To Know My Baby.

I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since we’ve had a decent prego picture. We’ve been super busy, not to mention the fact that we’ve forgotten our camera at the perfect times and now Ted has it with him in New Orleans! Bummer, I know. I’m sick of using our mac photo booth, but next week, hopefully we will have a real prego pic!

Baby: (Remember our baby is measuring big at least for the next few weeks of this info…) baby “now” weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. (OH GOLLY) You may soon feel like he or she is practicing martial arts as baby’s initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges (I DO!) The baby can hear my voice, and I know it can because when I sing to him/her, SOMETIMES it kicks baby starts moving around. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now.

I’ve felt completely emotional in a very good way this week. I’ve begun to really connect with our baby. Talking with him/her, singing, lying down and just feeling the baby’s movements. It’s made me extremely excited, and this week I’ve felt more attatched and in love than I thought possible. I’ve never met our baby, obviously, but I can’t even describe the way I feel about him/her. There was a commercial I saw this weekend at my grandparents place, and I’m now thankful we don’t have tv… because I almost always teared up when I saw it. It is a commercial for Gerber baby, and it begins like a wedding vow, only it’s for baby. It captures my attention each time. I saw it 3 times, and I just can’t wait to meet our baby!

Changes lately… I look as though I’ve swallowed a basketball whole. No joke. I’m loving it, but due to the most recent growth spirts in baby, I get full faster, and hungry more often(if that makes sense). I also use the bathroom A LOT more. I can now tell where he/she sits in my tummy. Right now- baby is pushing against my left side with it’s hand/head and kicking me at my right. i L O V E it. I can’t say that enough.

Well, this is another novel of my baby & bump. Thanks for listening.
Love, Jami & Baby E (I am actually unsure for the first time about having a girl. I mean, I am no longer convinced which means I probably should stop calling baby, Baby E…!)

Week 20: Halfway.

taken with our mac photo booth application. Thankful for this cause we forgot our canon in CO! Check out my belly button stretching!! C R A Z Y!

Week 20 info:

I spent a few hours in Barnes & Noble here in Las Vegas researching more and more about our baby, what I am feeling, how to excersise to make labor easier, eating, things to avoid… so much information, it’s was great. I wrote a lot of useful info down. I’ve been stuck with the same books for a while now, so it was nice having new reading materials. I tried to search for a boy’s name, but that is SO hard for me. We may have a middle name, we’ll see. I am going to post it next to our girl’s name, that way I can look at it everyday and see if I like it. (Advice from the Russells- GREAT advice).

Baby: Our baby is measuring BIG – so this size applied to the baby 3 weeks ago – I’m unsure how big the baby actually is right now. Next appointment is March 3. Baby is around 10 1/2 oz & 10 inches from heel to head! Getting so big. Baby E is swallowing more, which is helping his digestive system. I have felt the baby moving since 13 weeks, and last week it was the strongest and most frequent. This week, since saturday, I’ve actually rarely felt the baby. I don’t know what that means, I am trusting God with it, but sometimes when I do feel baby moving, I sigh in relief. Please pray for me to have peace and the baby is perfectly healthy.

I am hungry ALL of the time, yet I recently dropped 4 pounds (didn’t know that until today). I am bummed out because I was right on track, having gained 8-10 pounds, now 4 pounds less. Please pray I can put the weight on and keep it on for the baby’s sake!! (I feel baby moving now! Btw). The weight loss might have to do with the fact that since saturday, I haven’t been able to eat a lot, due to where we are in Vegas and lack of money. We are being fed by the base since today, so now I am eating good! Another change, I am already getting a VERY faint line on my tummy down the middle. I also have an enormous belly button, quite squishy too. I am sleepy often, almost always needing a nap throughout the day, still able to sleep a lot at night. I am a bit more achy than I am normally. Also, I bought lotion for fighting stretch marks and THEN read in 3 different prego magazines yesterday, that it is genetic whether or not I get stretch marks. So Mom… let me know. I realized a few days ago, that with as many kiddos as I want to have, and how close together… it really doesn’t matter if I get them this pregnancy or the next!

I’ve gotta go to bed. Please be praying for my peace of mind. We still haven’t heard of what the placenta thing I have is. It’s NOT a hematoma and it’s NOT placenta previa. They think I had a vanishing Twin. Read into it, it’s weird and it would make me super sad. I hope to someday be blessed with twins!

Thanks for listening.
Love, Jami & Baby E.

The Prego Life of Jami.

You know your pregnant when (#2):

-20 minutes after eating a snack/meal you’re hungry again
-.5 ounces in your bladder inside feels like 30 gallons, and you have to go NOW and often
-you wake up 1-2 times a night because your little one kicks ya, or you have to pee… again
-you begin to grow peach fuzz in the most unattractive places such as; the back of your neck (yep!) and your belly
-you’re nails and hair grow at the speed of lightning – including leg & armpit hair, yikes.
-you wake up from the most vivid, colourful, even life-like dream and immediately forget it
-you find yourself exhausted but can’t sleep when bedtime rolls around
-you feel the baby moving ALL of the time and stop as soon as you say the words “quick, come and feel!” to anyone
-your breasts feel like shot-put balls – each!
-you jog or run suddenly from one place to another, stop and feel like you ran with a bowling ball inside your uterus. OUCH!
-you suddenly stand, twist, or even sneeze and it feels like someone was yanking on the muscles from your lower abdomen to your chest
-your belly button begins to spread with each developing week, looking more and more like a crater with a foreign object inside
-peeing is the best feeling in the world, and you almost always have to sigh
-you go to tie your shoes and because of the pressure below you to tie your shoe laces on the side rather than on top
-every week you stand in from of the mirror thinking, there is no way my body can possibly stretch any farther… and it does, and you quickly realize this is only the beginning
-you feel something inside poke, kick, punch, squirm – recognize it’s your baby, and almost sob with excitement and joy
-girly or tragic movies are out of the question because you’ll just end up using an entire box of tissue & your man’s shoulder
-you now can’t watch the parts of the movies where the woman is giving birth – or even listen to it
-you sleep an entire afternoon and can still fall asleep by 8pm – unless the insomnia decides to kick in that night :)
-your husband find your belly button the most hysterical thing in the world is always saying, “Please, can i poke it?”
-even the little flutters or sudle movements from within never make you yawn or bored
-spelling words like subtle, take you 15 minutes to spell and spell check becomes more and more handy (look at above spelling of subtle, see what I mean?)

more to come, I am sleepy and out of things to write.

Week 19: Poking Love.

BEFORE you see these pictures…We decided to take pics of me trying to get the baby to kick. It doesn’t usually kick on demand :) SO I poke it sometimes… not too hard though! I know, it’s weird, but here are some pics. Also some of our 18 week ultrasound. We go back for another checkup March 3rd to check the placenta and the baby’s anatomy. Hopefully next time baby will sit still!

Baby Name Sites.

Ted and I have our baby girl name set. I’ve been in love with it since I was 16, and he choose the middle name BUT we still do NOT have a boys name. Just in case we need that ;)

Anyways here are a few baby name sites I’ve had fun with, but let me know if you know of any that might share the most unique names. We are looking for a strong unique boys name with a really good meaning. (I’m actually not asking for NAMES from you but for a site or book).

Please let me know if you know of a good website or book!
I am d e s p e r a t e!