brought May Flowers!
As most of you know, we found out in early February that we’re expecting another bundle of joy this October. Even though it was a bit of a surprise, we are excited nonetheless.
The pregnancy started out smoothly, nausea and all. Then about four weeks ago we had a bit of a scare. I woke up on Saturday morning and knew immediately that something was wrong. I called the doctor on call and told her my symptoms and at first she told me to wait and see. About 45 minutes later I called her back to tell her things seemed to be worse. She advised us to head into the ER.
Two and a half hours later we were finally taken in for an ultrasound and we saw that the baby was fine and the heartbeat was strong. Needless to say we were beyond relieved. We had already been through two ultrasounds before the visit to the ER and seen the baby moving around and a heartbeat. The technician at those ultrasounds also saw what she believed to be a fibroid, which is fairly common during pregnancy. However, the technician during our visit to the ER saw something else; I had actually been pregnant with twins and I was miscarrying one that hadn’t developed. (It’s actually a fairly common occurrence sometimes referred to as a ‘Vanishing Twin’.) The doctor in the ER confirmed this, and we’ve been back to my midwife’s office twice since then.
Although we were sad to hear about the loss, we still feel very blessed to be having one healthy baby. They will continue to follow my pregnancy closely just to be sure, but what has happened should not affect Peanut #2 in any way. I will be 17 weeks this coming Monday.
Here are some pictures of our newest little one, and we are taking suggestions as to what we should call him/her. (And for those of you who are wondering, we will be finding out the sex of this one on or around October 12th on his/her birthday!)
11weeks 3 days:
The other morning Elyse and Daddy hung out on the back porch watching the rain. They looked so cute I had to snap a few pictures.
My cousin Ann sent this onesie when I was pregnant with Elyse. I absolutely love it and was so glad when it finally fit!
Last week we were lucky enough to go on a cruise with Nana & Dede (Jim’s mom & dad) and also Aunt Kym, Uncle Kenneth and cousins Kelsey & Collins. (Kym is Jim’s sister.) We left Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday the 11th and cruised around the Gulf of Mexico until Thursday the 16th. We had a wonderful time!
Here we are getting ready to set sail (or whatever it is called)
Here’s Elyse with Nana & Dede…we got to celebrate Dede’s birthday on the cruise!
And Elyse feeling very tired at dinner
Our first stop on the cruise was Progresso, Mexico. Here’s Elyse with Kelsey & Collins on the beach!
Cooling off in the Gulf with Mama & Daddy
Loving her new dress that we bought in Mexico
Being a ham for the camera
Catching some rays on the deck of the ship on our last day
(She isn’t crying…I think she was in the middle of her sentence.)
At dinner we let her try some “real” food…she LOVED the rolls and was not happy if you took it away from her!
At dinner our last night on the cruise – Nana, Daddy & Elyse
Checking out the cool animal the steward left for our last night
When we returned to dry land we spent two days at Nana & Dede’s house on Dauphin Island…it was Elyse’s first time getting to visit the island!
One of the women I’ve gotten to know online, Tina from Michigan, had a son name Kevin Matthew on August 20, 2008. Sadly, due to genetic/developmental problems, he passed away just a few weeks later on September 14. Tina walks for March of Dimes to remember Kevin and her other “angel” baby, Michael Isaac. We are happy to be supporting her this year. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. If you’d like to show your support, click here.
Here’s Elyse sporting her ‘In Memory of Special K’ bracelet:
And of course, chewing on the bracelet:
Elyse has developed a new ‘smile’ for the camera. She definitely is turning into quite the ham!
In other news, Elyse & I attended our first swimming class at the YMCA this morning. Unfortunately I couldn’t take pictures because it’s a parent/child class so I was swimming with her. Hopefully daddy will be able to come with one day so we can document it for the blog/baby book!