Tuesday, May 27, 2008

She's Got the Moves!

Sweet little "Baby T" is getting the reputation of being a mover and a shaker!  The past several days have brought a HUGE increase in kicks and twists and tiny little punches.  No mistaking she's on the move.  And, to Eric's great excitement, he was able to feel her little acrobatics on Saturday morning.  She is usually moving around when I first wake up in the morning, so I've been urging Eric to try and feel her.  As he feels around, I kept saying, "Did you feel that?...How about that one?"  Finally on Saturday, he could feel the faintest little nudge.  Since then he's felt her a few more times.  The kicks are getting strong enough that sometimes they will stop me in my tracks.  Yesterday in the mall, one kick made it all the way to my belly button and almost tickled!  

Many of you have told us this, but we agree that there is nothing better than this feeling.  No doubt it - she's got moves!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Halfway There!

It's hard to believe, but we've made it halfway there - 20 weeks!  Wow, time sure is flying by.  I've posted a picture so you can keep up with the growing process,  but I don't see much difference.  I do, however, feel more and more pregnant each day.  I went to an arts festival over the weekend with Cyndi and a friend...walking around all day is getting harder.  And the funnel cake tasted better than ever. :)  If the scales at home are correct, I don't think I've gained any more weight, but we'll see at next appointment on June 3.

The biggest change lately is how much she is moving around.  It still feels like a gold fish swimming around, but more noticeable.  She likes to move mostly at night when I'm sitting around and relaxing.  Every once and a while she gives me a pretty decent "Hey Mom, I'm down here!" bump.  It's such an indescribably awesome feeling.  Eric can't wait to feel the kicks, too.

So, at the halfway point, all is well.  Feeling great and loving being pregnant.  Thanks for all the prayers and support.  Love you all!  

Monday, May 12, 2008

Strengthening Our Family

For those of you who don't know, I work at a large church here in Greensboro.  Every Monday we do devotions at the beginning of our staff meeting.  The scripture for this morning was Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.  Verse 12b reads, "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."  This made me think about the "third strand" we're getting ready to add to our family.  Eric and I have been blessed with a marriage where were can rely on each other as life partners, friends, encouragers, someone to hold us up when we fall.  I am a stronger person with Eric at my side; and I hope he'd say the same for me.  And as we await our precious little girl my thoughts have been focused on ways she will need us, for food, protection, guidance, wisdom, education, love, acceptance, and so on.  

Through this verse from Ecclesiastes, God reminded me this morning that this little person will become part of what makes our family so strong.  She will not only need things from us, but we will need things from her.  She will provide us with strength that neither Eric or I can bring to the family.  Her spiritual gifts will enrich us and make us stronger.  And throughout the years, I am sure she will have the chance to hold us up in times of trial and need.  What a powerful realization - and a blessing beyond compare.  Thank you, God, for these tiny reminders each day of your faithfulness and love!!

Monday, May 5, 2008

BIG NEWS - It's a...

Well, we had our 18 week ultrasound today and found out that we're expecting baby GIRL Tysinger!!!  The pictures were pretty clear and don't leave much room for doubt.  I cried and Eric cheered....both happy emotions, of course.  She was moving all around.  It was so neat to watch her move hands, fingers, feet all around.  I'll post some pictures soon, but there were two that are just priceless.  We caught her with her foot completely above her head - a future gymnast, maybe?  Then, at one point she gave us the hang-ten sign (or for some of you, the TX Longhorn symbol).  So funny.  

Anyway, all measurements check out and all the parts are right where they should be and accounted for.  We've been thinking our due date was October 1 because of the measurements at our 12 week ultrasound, but today she measured right on track with the first prediction of October 8.  SO...we're just going with early October.

My health checked out right on track, too.  Finally gained just a few pounds and my blood pressure is down a bit from where it was at the last check-up.  Hopefully it's starting a downward trend.  The maternity clothes my mom bought me when we visited them recently are serving their purpose!  Thanks, Mom.

I started my water exercise class last Thursday - which was awesome!  It's me and a few "grandmas" but I love it.  It's relaxing and, based on the increased fluttering afterward, the baby seemed to love it.  I go every Tuesday/Thursday at the local YMCA.

We've not bought anything for the baby quite yet because we wanted to know first what "flavor" we were having.  So, after today's appointment we went straight to Babys-R-Us and registered for the first batch of things.  Man, it's overwhelming!  And, Eric is upstairs as I type getting ready to paint the nursery a pretty green.  Speaking of which, I'd better go and at least offer to help. :)  

Remember to check back soon for the most recent shots of our sweet baby girl.