Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rocks In Her Pockets

Today as Joseph was changing Mary Elisabeth's diaper, he noticed she brought home some souvenirs from the playground at school.  Yup she brought home rocks in her jean pockets.  She is so adorable.  I love watching her grow up and seeing her personality blossom!  

Monday, September 27, 2010

If I Only Had a Brain

I am seriously feeling like the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.  During this pregnancy I've become so spacey and slow ha!  Joseph is constantly laughing at me because he will tell me something and two minutes later, I won't remember what he told me.  I remember having a little bit of  "pregnancy brain" with Josiah and Mary Elisabeth, but this time around it is much worse.  I actually feel I have a bubble in my brain ha!  Yesterday we were picking up the kids from Sunday School Class and some of our friends were inviting us to go bowling.  I thought they meant that the kid's Sunday School Class was going bowling.  I even thought to myself (thank goodness not out loud), how can two and three year olds pick up a bowling ball and bowl?  I finally realized they were talking about OUR Sunday School Class ha!  I'm praying my brain will come back after Mackenzie is here, if not I may find myself traveling down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz!

I apologize for any past and future blog posts.....ha! I find myself reading them and thinking they make absolutely no sense, at least to me.  Maybe I should stick to pictures for the rest of the pregnancy.  All I have to say is thank goodness for spell check!

24 Weeks

Here we are at 24 weeks.  I think I have definitely "popped!"  I was looking in the mirror the other day and noticed my belly button is almost out.  I am feeling more and more "pregnant" these days.  The heartburn has set in (yuck) and my hips feel like they are going to break.  Mackenzie continues to be an active baby.  For most of the pregnancy I have felt her on my right side, but today I started to feel her across my tummy.  Her movements are becoming stronger and stronger every day.  

I had to crop the picture because I didn't realize how nasty my glass door is!  I have put it on my to do list and it WILL get cleaned tomorrow.  While taking my weekly picture the kids wanted theirs taken with Mackenzie too!  They were so sweet.  Josiah loves touching and talking to my belly.  Mary Elisabeth will point at my belly and say "baby," but then again she'll point at Joseph's belly and say "baby" too ha!  I can't wait to see them meet their little sister.  I pray everyday for a smooth transition for them.  

My Little Man

Sweet Sissy Girl

I went back to work on Wednesday.  It was so nice to finally have some adult interaction during the day.  The only downfall is that I really think I have lost my brain.  Joseph laughs at me all the time because I can not remember anything.  When I went back to work,  Outlook and the other Microsoft Office programs seemed to have been upgraded to a newer version.  Seriously it took me about twenty minutes to figure out how to print an email.  I found myself doing things slower, but aside from all of that it was a smooth week.  

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Great Friends

Friday night Joseph and I went out on a double date with our friends Tiffany and Tony.  They are expecting their first baby boy in November.  We've been friends for about seven or eight years...I think...forgive my pregnancy brain.  Joseph and Tony met at the Zeta house and became instant friends ha!  Through the years our friendship has continued and I am so thankful that it has.  We love them so much and can not wait to meet Baby Boy Lacey in November.

Dinner was cut short for Tony when he had to leave because of a work incident, but Joseph, Tiffany and I continued our night.  Dinner was delicious and we topped it off with a trip to Starbucks!  After coffee Joseph and I took Tiffany home.  Another night will have to be planned so that Tony can join us this time.

I can not believe how fast time has gone.  Seems like yesterday we were living in the Zeta House.  Now here we are with our preggo bellies.  I can not wait to see what the years to come will bring.  I am so excited about watching our kids grow up together. 

Happy Birthday Papa

Today we went to Joseph's Nana and Papa's house to celebrate Papa's 81st Birthday.  We had a wonderful time with our family.  Nana and Papa are so special to me.  Unfortunately all of my grandparents passed away during my younger years.  But when I married Joseph I gained 5!  I am so blessed and grateful that they have all taken me in as if I were their own.  Likewise I love each one of them and am so happy that I can share in these special moments with them.

Happy Birthday Papa!  We Love You!

Josiah and Clay blowing out the candles

Kayla and Sissy

Daddy and Sissy he says ;)

Clay, Josiah and Cooper

Highlight of the night....gathered around the t.v. to watch....

Slim Shady...AKA Matt!  Sooo funny... you just had to be there!

It was a wonderful night...good food, family, and lots of laughter!  It's was nice to take a break from all of our hectic and busy lives to come together and celebrate Papa's 81st....or as he says 18th!

Happy Birthday Pops!  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

23 Weeks

...and time continues to fly by!  Mackenzie is 23 weeks and the size of an ear of corn.  I went to the doctor this morning and it could not have gone any better.  I wasn't going to have an ultrasound, but as she checked Mackenzie's heartbeat, it dropped a little.  This baby does not like me laying on my back!  Either that or she just wanted her picture taken ha!  She is a busy little girl and loves the right side of my stomach.  I feel her the most around 11:30 every night.  Her kicks and movements are getting stronger everyday and I can actually see my tummy "jump."  So precious!  I can not believe this little miracle growing inside of me.  I am so thankful for her life and can not wait to hold her in my arms.  

I am feeling great.  I will return to work in the morning and will work 20 hours per week for the next four weeks.  Bleeding has not come back and after the ultrasound today my placenta is no longer covering my cervix.  It is still low lying, but they will check again in four weeks.  I can not believe I actually get a four week break from the doctor's office.  This will be the longest I will go without going to see my midwife, I'm pretty sure she was getting tired of seeing me ha!  

I am so thankful for the past almost 9 weeks.  Although I had moments of craziness, God always kept me calm.  He has provided and blessed us greatly.  God has blessed me with a wonderful husband, family, and friends who came together to help us out.  Thank you all so very much!  We could not have made it with out you all.  I will miss our Sunday breakfasts with mom and dad, unless they come a little earlier before we leave for church (hint, hint).  But I am thankful we will still have our lunch with the family on Sunday afternoons.  I will definitely miss seeing my mother in law every other day!  She is an absolute blessing!  Words can not say how unbelievably thankful I am for what she has done the past few weeks.  This afternoon when I picked up the kids from school, Josiah asked where his nonny was.  I guess he wasn't as excited to see mommy ha!  Thank you so much Charlene.  God could not have given me a better mother in law.  I am so thankful for your life and for loving me as one of your own!  Love you!!!!

Thank you Papa Rob for keeping our lawn maintained and up to par with our neighbor's yard ha!  

Well it's off to work tomorrow.  The late nights and sleeping in are no longer an option since I will be leaving the house at 7:15 in the morning....sigh....  I am just so happy!  God is so good! 

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope."
Psalm 130:5

Monday, September 13, 2010

22 Weeks

I feel like it was yesterday when I posted that I was 20 weeks.  Now I am 22 weeks and time continues to fly by!  Mackenzie is the size of a papaya.  She weighs about a pound and is between 8 to 10 inches long.  She now has eyebrows, eyelashes, and maybe even some hair on her head!  She can also perceive light and dark.  I'm slowly feeling her a little more each day.  Last night Joseph and I were able to see my tummy jump from her kicks.  

Bed rest is still awful....there are days where I just want to get in the car and get out of the house, but thankfully Joseph has been great.  The other day I looked over at him and said "honey I am soooo bored," and his response was  "I'm sorry, but at least we are doing it as a family.  We are all here and bored."  I thought that was funny and sweet of him to say.  We have definitely gotten a lot of family time and I would not trade that for nothing.

God continues to bless the locksmith business.  Friday was a great day.  Joseph and Daniel normally ride together and work, but Friday they were so busy they both had to go separate ways.  It's amazing what God has done with the business in one year.  Keep on praying!  God is working!

"Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always."
 1 Chronicles 16:11

Friday, September 10, 2010

21 Weeks

Mackenzie is 21 weeks.  She is the size of a large banana and continues to grow each day.  I went to the doctor on Tuesday and Mackenzie is great.  After my ultrasound they said that my placenta is still a marginal placenta.  I know in a previous post I wrote how it had moved, but apparently not.  I was pretty discouraged after the appointment, but I'm still praying that it will move.  I will go back in two weeks and if everything continues to look good, they will space out my next appointment to 4 weeks.  After that I believe we will be back at every two weeks.  Time is flying!  I can not believe how fast this pregnancy is going.  I still do not feel Mackenzie's kicks as often as I would like, but I'm trying to be patient.  

"But if we hope for what we do not yet have, 
we wait for it patiently." 
Romans 8:25

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Little Helpers

Since closing the shop in Gainesville and moving all of his stuff to our garage, Joseph has stressed about getting it organized.  Him and his mom worked on it a few days ago and Daniel came by and helped too.  Tonight after dinner Joseph asked Josiah if he wanted to help daddy and of course Josiah was excited to  "help."  I sat while the kids played and Joseph cleaned up and continued to set up his "shop."   Josiah rode on his scooter for a little while and sissy helped daddy.  She loves to clean up and organize, it's the cutest thing.  The best part of the night was watching the kids help Joseph unpack and put up locks on the shelves.  They were quite the little helpers.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pray Pray Pray

Bleeding has completely stopped since Saturday evening!!!  My next appointment is not until Tuesday, but I wanted to call to see if they could see me before then. With the holiday weekend coming up I would love to be able to get out a little.  Not to mention I would love, love, love to go to church on Sunday.  I called and they asked me to go ahead and come in.  I go in tomorrow at 10:15 a.m.  I have been praying so hard this week, and asking God to let me get back on my feet.  We will find out tomorrow!  Praying, praying, praying for some good news.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to His will,
 He hears us" 1John 5:14

Getting a Little Better

Joseph bought me some ribbon the other day!  He also bought me barrettes so that I can attach the bows to them.  Here are a couple of the ones I made this morning.  This is turning out to be a really fun hobby, and helps keep me occupied during my time on bed rest.

I had a lot of fun making this one!  Don't pay attention to my wrinkled pillow case ha!

I can not wait to see Mackenzie wear this one!  I made the bow and put it on a stretchy headband.

I made the bow and attached it to one of Mary Elisabeth's headbands.

I set this one on a smaller barrette.  I'm going to try to put it in Mary Elisabeth's hair to see how much hair you need for it.  I'm going to make this one in black, brown, white, and pink too.

I'm ordering some korker ribbon and I am really excited to make some korker bows!  Those are my favorite.  Also as soon as I get the go ahead from my hubby I will order the waffle crochet hats and crochet headbands.  I'm also ordering flowers to attach to them, but you can attach a bow to them as well.