Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Our first month as three

Wow, were do I begin. The past month as gone by so quick and did I mention that Mark and I are so in love with our precious little girl Blaire Elizabeth. We thought we had prepared ourselves for what would take place on March 24th, little did we know we were so unprepared. As expecting parents we talked about how we thought things would be, but we realized it is so much greater than we could ever expect. As we sat in the O.R on Wednesday March 24th, our lives as we knew them changed. As I play back the video, that Mark took that day, I am overcome by emotions. Emotions of a young couple who both were scared to death at the thought of having a c-section and then the enormous excitement that overcame us both as we heard and got the first glimpse of our little girl. I will never forget hearing the excitement in Marks voice as he saw her for the first time, and then the feeling I felt as I laid eyes on her. Wow!!! Talk about love at first sight. God is so good! Below are just a few highlights of our first month as three.

*Came home on March 27th, we were in the hospital on my 27th birthday- did I mention the best present I ever have received came on March 24th.
*First Dr's visit Sunday, March 28th-everything checked out gaining weight-7.12 lbs
*First outing and first photo shoot-did I mention she showed out-:(
*First Easter- Went to Aunt Cindy's and Uncle Donald Ray's, Nana and Pops, and then to Nona and Pops (Mark and I dyed Easter eggs the night before-fun times)
*First time to go to church-April 7th
*April 10th-Mark, Blaire and I went to Jason and Angela's couples shower and then out to eat at Applebee's
*First softball game- April 15th
*First bath in Blaire's big girl tub- April 19th- she pooped when we laid in her in it- sad times..we started over
*First photo shoot- April 24th-courtesy of Meg Lowery Photography
*1 month check-up- April 26th (9.12 lbs, 22 in., 14 cm. hc)

Needless to say our month has been so much more spectacular than I can ever convey. Life is now complete, we have been granted the most precious gift of all; a child. Blaire has changed our lives in the greatest way imaginable. We are truly grateful and give the Lord all the honor and praise!
Until....

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Due....

As I start this blog I am reminded by all the emotions and excitement Mark and I have experienced the last nine months. I will give you a brief history of how it has unfolded.
May, June and July 2009- Last semester of school before student teaching(5 classes) all day; 4 days a week
July 2009- Appt. with Dr. Mackenzie at Brookwood, new OB/GYN and specialist...Mark and I knew we wanted to start a family and after 2 1/2 years of trying and not seeing any progress we decided we would just go and meet with someone, not to start fertility treatments or anything but to just go and talk with the new doctor
July 2009- I unknowingly has to resign my position with the school system to finish my ST, we thought everything was worked out and I would just take a leave, but not so much so....everything still fine!!!
July 2009- One week prior to our Dr. appt, I was not feeling so well, so I thought just on a whim I would take a pregnancy test....well needless to say our journey began. That morning I was able to give Mark the best news I think I had ever told him, my exact words were- "Mark, get up," Mark says, "No Heather I am tired and I am going to sleep in a little later." My reply- "No Mark you need to get up- with tears running down my cheeks I said- "Your going to be a daddy." Needless to say he sprung up out of the bed and with tears he said no this can't be, are you sure. Three home test later and a blood test we were certain that it was true! God is so Good!!!!
August 2009- I started ST at OES, loved it and my time there. Great school with great teachers, administrators and students.
December 2009- Graduated from UAB, with my second degree in Special Education.
March 2010- Here I sit at the computer on March 19th at 2:06 in the morning, having a little discomfort..timing contractions and waiting. This process has been great, I can honestly say I have had a great pregnancy thus far, I have been able to continue to go about my usual activities and not be put on bed rest, which I am so thankful for.
As Mark and I sat last night in bed and talked about the coming of our daughter, our conversation went from wondering what she would look like to how big we thought she would be and then on to more precious things like her grasping Marks finger for the first time. With this being said I was quickly brought to tears and thought just how great God had been to me. Friends, I am no were near were I need to be with my spiritual walk, however God loves me anyway and continues to bless me. Not only has he given me life, but an awesome husband to walk the journey with and now a precious child to rear for his kingdom. I am beyond blessed and humbled by his love and mercy. As I end on what could be the birthday of Blaire Elizabeth, I am filled with so many emotions...excitement, anticipation, fear, but most of all gratefulness. Mark and I are so glad that we have had the opportunity to embark on one of life's precious journey's-parenthood. We pray that God will give us the wisdom, patience and know how to raise the child he has given us for his glory.
I hope you all have a great weekend, and maybe next time I will be bringing news of our arrival. Until then........God is so Good!!!!!!

Prayer request- We asked that you keep our dear friends Scotty and Lisa Bartlett in you prayers, they have been patiently waiting to become adoptive parents and after years of waiting their profile was chosen. Pray that things would go smoothly and that God would give them patience while the wait on their bundle of joy.

Sorry if you find any typo's or incorrect spelling's...it was 2:00 in the morning when I was up writing this.:)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Anticipation......

As I sit on this beautiful Sunday morning I am excited and nervous...at what this week could entail. Tomorrow Mark and I will go to have and ultrasound, to see exactly how big Blaire Elizabeth is, and then see the doctor to discuss what may lay ahead in the coming days. I say this because at the last two visits he; the doctor was concerned about how big she was(3/1: 8.4). So hopefully we will know more accurately her size to help decide the next step in the delivery process.
We are so extremely blessed that God would have it that we become parents. Mark looked at me and said on Saturday night, that he had fun...the last 4 years, but now it was time for us to become a family of three. With this being said, I looked at him and smiled and in return thought to my self, about our journey together thus far. I am so blessed to have Mark as my husband, he has been my rock through this whole process. He has been a trooper; from morning sickness..really all the time sickness to timing contractions while trying to prepare sermons. He is the real deal... and I can't wait to see him with Blaire Elizabeth.
As I finish this blog, I am reminded off all the things I have been given; life eternally, family, friends, health, and now the opportunity to become a mommy. I pray that the Lord will give Mark and I the wisdom and strength to teach Blaire Elizabeth right from wrong, but most importantly that she is loved unconditionally by her heavenly father, and to him she should give all the honor and praise.

Friday, February 19, 2010

One Month and Counting......

Today is February 19th, we are one month from the anticipated due date given by my Dr.-Let's just hope he has his date wrong. Mark and I eagerly await the arrival of our daughter; Blaire Elizabeth. We have almost gotten everything ready, yes that word almost. The only things we have left to do are hang the blinds and curtains in her nursery. Oh did I mention I made her curtains, yes I even surprised myself. Don't get me wrong they are no where near perfect, but they will do. My sweet MawMaw Walker came over and helped me get started. I am so thankful for her, and can't wait for her to meet her first Great-granddaughter.
Another thing going on in our lives right now is the start of softball season. The girls won their first game yesterday and I heard they looked pretty good. I hate it that I am not as involved as I wish I could be, however they all understand and can't wait for their biggest-tiniest(spelling)fan to arrive. Let's just say she has 9 older sisters who love her already. Well that pretty much sums up our lives thus far. I hope you all are well!!! Thanks for reading!!!!!
Our bags are packed and as Mark would say, we are sitting on "G," waiting on "O."

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Getting Started.....I hope this works!!!

Well after contemplating whether or not to get rid of my facebook. I have made up my mind that I will blog; instead of having a facebook page. Don't get me wrong I love facebook and being able to keep up with all of my friends, however with Blaire Elizabeth soon arriving I figured this would e a great way for everyone who has internet access to keep with the different things that are happening in our lives as a new family. It is my desire that this will work out better for everyone in the long run. Until next time........