Friday, November 2, 2012

We are having a GIRL!!!!

We found out last Thursday, October 25th that we are expecting a little girl and we couldn't be more excited. We had out gender check ultrasound at 16 weeks where we got to see our little girl once again. At first she didn't want to cooperate. She was laying face down and very low. The ultrasound tech tapped my belly a few times and that must have waken her up because she was extremely active after that. She barely held still long enough to get a good look however, after about 10 minutes of looking and lots of fun pictures, we were able to get a good shot to determine that she is indeed a girl. She waved "Hi" and showed off her beautiful spine. She is much larger than the last ultrasounds that we had done. It is amazing how fast she is growing and how the time is flying by. She will be here before we know it.

Once the ultrasound was complete, we went to wait to talk with the doctor for my 16 week checkup. He said that everything looked great and then he listened to her heart. It was hard to hear the heartbeat because she was moving around so much. The doctor warned us that we may have our hands full with an active little girl. Whit and I just looked at each other and laughed... active dog, active daughter!! I guess we wouldn't know what to do with less!

After leaving the doctor's office, we had to notify everyone of what we were having. I wanted a fun way to tell people but it had to be fast and something that would work in a picture. So I ordered cookies from a store in Savannah called Two Smart Cookies. They have the best tasting and best looking cookies in the area. I ordered six cookies, three pink for a girl and three blue for a boy. I figured that I could take a picture of those and send that out to reveal the gender. Below is the picture that we sent.

She already has Whit wrapped around her little finger! I told him that we needed to go buy her a little outfit since we finally knew what we were having. He agreed and told me exactly what he wanted to get her so we went to TJ Maxx to see if we could find a pink Polo dress just as Whit said he wanted. Low and behold they had one. It happened to be 12 months but it was on sale so we decided to purchase it.

We also discussed names. We had one picked out already but we needed to verify that we were going to use it once we knew what we were having. So we decided on Madison Mae, but we will call her Madi. We have both always liked the name Madison and Mae is my late grandmother's middle name as well as Whit's late great-grandmother's name. So it worked perfectly that to keep the family name as her middle name.

Now all we need to do is find some bedding so that we can begin setting up the nursery!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Whit and I are beyond thrilled to announce that we are PREGNANT!!! Our first child is due on April 11th, 2013 and we couldn’t be more excited. On Friday, August 3rd, we had a blood test to confirm our pregnancy and then went for our first ultrasound on August 29th where we were able to hear our baby’s heart beat for the very first time. The doctor commented on how strong the baby’s heart rate was at 143. What a relief to hear the heartbeat and see our baby for the very first time. There is no greater gift from God!!! We had another ultrasound at 9 weeks and again at 12 weeks, which both went very well and showed the baby right on track with size and heart rate. We made the official announcement on Facebook Sunday with the picture above that our friend/neighbor Kathryn took for us using an idea that she found on Pinterest. I thought it was such a cute idea and believe it or not, Whit actually agreed to take the picture and was excited about it. I am amazed at how excited he is about our little one on the way. He was so nervous and reluctant to get excited in the beginning, but now is very much a part of everything and all the decision-making. I guess he was just worried that things wouldn’t go as smoothly as they have. So far, the pregnancy has gone extremely smooth. Knock on wood, but I have not had any morning sickness or other terrible symptoms. I have been very fortunate. Whit of course is a great and attentive husband… as if he were ever anything different!!! I love seeing his face light up with excitement when we talk about our baby and when he/she is here. I can’t wait to experience parenting with him. I know that he will be the best dad ever! We are anxiously awaiting the time when we are able to determine the gender. On October 25th, we are scheduled for a Gender Check Ultrasound. We will only be 16 weeks at that time so hopefully our little one cooperates. We will update the blog as soon as we know!