Monday, August 15, 2011

The Home Stretch... Pun intended ; )

Let me first apologize for the delay in updating the blog!!! I knew the closer we got to the end, the busier and crazier things were going to get, but man oh man, I never could've imagined everything we would do in the last two months!! I will just begin where we left off, and try not to leave out anything!

Just a week after our 3D ultrasound, we had another basic ultrasound on June 23rd... The perinatologist estimated Noah's weight to be right on track, weighing in at 3lbs 1 oz! He said everything was still looking perfect, both Noah and I were the picture of health!

Our sweet smilin' boy @ 30 weeks

A tiny foot @ 30 weeks

Two days later, our friends and family gathered in Houston to shower Noah with love and gifts! The shower was absolutely beautiful, and we had an amazing time visiting with everyone. There was delicious food, fun games, and a virtual mountain of gifts. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family, and Noah has been so lucky to have so many people who love him and have prayed for his safe and healthy arrival!! While myself and all of the ladies showered Noah, Jared and the men enjoyed a round of golf in The Woodlands, and wrapped it up just in time to put in an appearance at the end of the shower... It was a perfect day, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone again who came and made it all possible!!

Noah's Baby Shower

Just some of the beautiful decor

The awesome food table

The adorable party favors

The Amazing Shower Hostesses

The Old Dancin' Bluebonnet Crew

Me and my family

Jared's Wonderful Family

The day after the baby shower, we attended the wedding of a dear childhood friend. It was great to catch up with old friends, and the wedding was absolutely beautiful! We all had a great time, and I'm so glad we were able to make it!

Meghan May Brown's Wedding, with Meghan and Tara Ratliff

Jared and I with Mom and Dad at Meghan's wedding

After returning home from Noah's baby shower, we decided that instead of continuing to rent we would take the leap into home ownership!! So in the next week, we gathered every minute detail about ourselves for the mortgage broker, and began the process of purchasing our first home!

Our New House!

Closed on July 22, 2011

Jared and I had agreed to dog sit for Mom and Dad while they celebrated their 30th anniversary with an Alaskan cruise, so I made a quick trip to Waco to pick up Bogey and Bentley... The boys stayed with us for two weeks while we began the daunting task of packing... Once we were mostly packed, it was time for Bogey and Bentley to go home, so we met Mom in Waco again and reunited the boys with their Momma!! I returned to Abilene for the next step, MOVING....

Bogey and Bentley playing fetch in Abilene

Bogey making himself right at home

Bentley stealing Chico's bed

Happy 30th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!! We Love You!!

Moving went about as well as one could expect at eight and a half months pregnant. I certainly wouldn't call it fun, but then again, I've NEVER referred to moving as fun. Nevertheless, Noah and I survived without incident. Jared's Grandaddy, and brother, Jace were kind enough to help us with the heavy lifting, and spent the whole day in 100+ temperatures loading and unloading a Uhaul to get us into our new house. Thank God for them, because Lord knows I couldn't lift anything, and Jared needed all the help he could get! Jace stayed another three days, and helped Jared paint the nursery so that Lacey and I could get it all set up that weekend when she came to visit. Thanks to Lacey and Jace, Super Star Aunt and Uncle, we were able to get Noah's room mostly set up within three days of moving in! We had a blast getting settled into our new home with Lacey and Jace!

Daddy and Uncle Jace painting the nursery

Jared and Jace assembling the crib

Peeling stickers.... I do what I can.

After Lacey and I worked our magic

Mommy and Daddy with the almost finished product

Lacey came just for the fun of setting up Noah's nursery

Jared playing with his newest toy

Lacey goin' all green acres on us...

It took about two weeks to get completely settled into the new house. While there are still some finer details that are in the works currently, we are satisfied that even if Noah decided to come as I'm writing this, we are prepared enough for his arrival now! We have been enjoying everything about the house for the time being, and are looking forward to our new roommate's arrival any day now!!!

Our New Home

Living Room


In the last few weeks, Jared and I attended breastfeeding class and childbirth class. So we can officially say we are prepared, or at least as prepared as we're going to be for Noah's arrival... I must say that enduring my third trimester in the hottest summer on record has not been quite as bad as I would have expected... I'm not sure if its that we are so thankful, and grateful just to be here after having suffered such a loss last summer, or maybe I'm just tougher than I thought. ; ) We have just been counting our blessings here lately, and I would do it all over again given the opportunity!! I have been very lucky to have such a smooth pregnancy, and we pray every day that it continues to go smoothly even for what little remains of it. We would like to thank all of you that have kept us and baby Noah in your prayers as well... God is good!!!

34 Weeks

35 Weeks

36 Weeks

37 weeks 4 days

I had two appointments today, an ultrasound to check on Noah's size, and a checkup with my OB. My OB said I was measuring big a few weeks ago, and due to the history of big 'ole babies on both sides of our families, he ordered an ultrasound... The perinatologist estimated Noah's current weight at 6 lbs 15 oz, and expects that if he reaches his due date he will weigh in around 7.5 lbs. Everything else is still looking great, and he added that he believes Noah has lots of hair! Just another thing we are anxious to lay eyes on as soon as he decides to grace us with his presence! Upon examination, my OB said I'm dilated to 2 cm, and about halfway thinned out. So things are moving right along, and we are dying to know when the big day will be!!! I will go ahead and post Noah's most recent pictures, but they are nowhere near the quality we have gotten in the past. I was there, and still I'm unable to interpret what exactly these pictures are of.

Noah's face... Laying on his side, top of head on the right side of picture

The arrow is pointing to a squiggly line that is supposed to be the hair on his head

A foot??.... Maybe?

Assuming we don't go into labor sometime in the next week, my next appointment is on Tuesday, the 23rd. I will try to do my best to stay more up-to-date here in the home stretch, but I guess it is a distinct possibility that my next post could include pictures of our little angel!!! Until then, we love you all, and can't wait to introduce you to our son!!

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