Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jaxon Kicking

This afternoon I got some pretty good video of Jaxon kicking away in my belly! I know it's pretty faint, and it's hard to tell what you're looking at, but I was excited because it was the first time I've been able to catch anything on camera! He sure is an active baby! I can't wait to meet him :)

Have a wonderful night and weekend! TGIF tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's a BOY!!!

It's official!

Jaxon Wayne White will join our family on February 7th, 2011 (although he is measuring a bit ahead of schedule)! This is not surprising since I was almost 11 pounds at birth and I'm told that Kevin was about 9 pounds 5oz. So Jaxon gets his size naturally :)

We had our 20 (plus) week appointment today and the doctor told us that everything looked great and healthy. Jaxon's heart is pumping nice and strong, his other organs are in the right place and seem to be functioning, and his spine, legs, and head are all the right size. He weighs about 1 pound.

He was very cooperative today during the appointment and stayed still long enough for the doctor to get his measurements, other than for a short time when he had an adorable case of the hiccups. Also he kept hiding his private parts with his little foot, but Dr. Montgomery found a way around that! It was very apparant that he is a little boy.

Kevin and I could not be more happy! We wanted a little boy so badly but were afraid to talk too much about it, for fear that we would feel guilty if it ended up being a girl. I know our families are excited as well. It feels so real now, more than ever!

I have learned a few things so far about Jaxon, just from carrying him. He loves music, and he loves food! So he shares his Daddy's middle name, his love for food and music, and who knows what else?!? Hopefully not his love for driving me crazy, or else I am in for it!

After we left our appointment we went to JC Penny and bought Jaxon his first gender-specific outfits. It was fun picking out his little clothes together, and we both really enjoyed it. You can see a picture of his new clothes below, after the ultrasound pics.

Another great thing happened this week - last night Kevin felt Jaxon kicking a lot! He had his hand on my stomach and Jaxon kicked it several times with full force. It was very special, and it's been one of (maybe the most) exciting weeks of my life.

Enjoy the pics! As usual, our ultrasound pics are not much to see. The first one is of his face - if you look closely you can see eyes and a mouth. The second one is head and spine.

Thanks for celebrating with us! We appreciate your ongoing support and prayers for the healthy growth of our BABY BOY! Love you all!

Monday, September 20, 2010

20 Weeks = 5 Months!

Wow! It is hard to believe that this pregnancy is now at least 1/2 of the way over! Time has flown by and I am so thankful to have had such a smooth ride so far. With the exception of the backaches and being overly emotional, I have had virtually no pregnancy syptoms whatsoever. Thank you, God!

The baby has been kicking so much and so hard lately. I feel him/her all day long, and I am starting to feel the kicks very easily from the outside. I know that this will be the week that Kevin will REALLY feel his baby kicking, and be able to be confident that he really did! I love that feeling. I can be in the middle of a stressful day, annoyed by certain students or overwhelmed by the work I have to get done, and when I feel that movement I just get so happy instantly. The kids ask me every day whether it is a boy or a girl - I tell them that I wish I knew!

The good news is that we are now LESS THAN 48 HOURS AWAY from knowing! I thought Wednesday would never get here! This is the last blog entry that I will have to write and call the baby a him/her, LOL.

Kevin was out of town this last weekend on a boy's hunting trip, so my mom and Lindsay came in to spend time with me. We went shopping, and I got some adorable dresses on sale at Motherhood Maternity (one of which is in the pictures below). That place was like Heaven in a store. Also, my dad's mom ("Mom" to the grandkids and "Great Big Mom" to the great grandkids) sent money to buy us our baby mattress! I picked out a Simmons at Babies R Us and got it for 20% off. It was a little expensive, but it was a gift and I know that I would have spent the money on it either way, because a good mattress is so important. We also had a nice dinner out and just really enjoyed each others' company.

Here are the 20 week pictures:

And our mattress - Thanks Great Big Mom!!!

Check back on Wednesday to find out if we'll be living pink or blue!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Getting Started on the Nursery

As of last week, our plan was to:

1. Find out the gender (in 10 DAYS on the 22nd)!!!
2. Pick out bedding
3. Paint the nursery to match
4. Buy furniture

We already went out of order. Last week I realized that the amount of money we are willing and able to spend on nursery furniture was not going to get us the good-quality, nice stuff that I want for the baby. So I started watching Craigslist to see if I could find a nice set used, for a much lower price. Yesterday morning I checked and there it was! It was the exact set I've pictured in my mind - for a great deal! I called the lady and Kevin and I went to go look at it, withdrawing cash on the way just in case. I knew it was what I wanted, so we decided that as long as it was in decent condition it was too great of a deal to pass up.

The minute I saw it I was in love. I had to have it. These people kept an immaculate house and had taken such great care of the furniture! There was not a scratch on it. So we bought it and brought it home! I got it all cleaned up (just like new) last night and Kevin put the crib together today. It's all set up in Baby's room - and it will just need to be moved when we get ready to paint (Step 1).

I've included some pictures below. It's a Simmons brand Venetian style set in dark cherry. It came with the convertible crib, tall dresser, and dresser/changing table combo. The lady threw in her changing pad and Pottery Barn Kids cover, which is in the wash as we speak. She also tried to give me their mattress and glider, but I would rather purchase those things new.

The only thing we still need to buy are a couple of shelves for books and toys, the mattress, the glider, and some sort of lamp for the dresser.

Here you go!

Kevin building his baby's crib:

The room so far:

In the last picture I tried to get a shot of the whole room. The glider will go in front of the windows and the wall that you can't see (to the left of the camera) will be for the shelving and toys.

Also, Baby White has begun building his or her wardrobe! I have a feeling this will begin to grow significantly after next week ;)

Thank you for loving and supporting us as we take this HUGE next step in our lives. We feel so blessed to have great family and friends to support us.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Santa's in My Belly?!?!

Today I am 18 weeks pregnant! Baby White has been extremely active lately and I even felt him/her with my hand earlier this week. Kevin still has not been able to feel anything, but I know he will soon because this baby kicks HARD!

We have started thinking about the nursery, and even shopped online together this afternoon for furniture, but no decisions have been made. I do have my little boy bedding picked out, and the colors for my little girl room. We'll find out the gender on September 22nd. I'll be almost 21 weeks at that point - so frustrating that my doctor is so old school. But it's passing quickly so I'm doing my best to be patient.

I have been feeling great! The backaches have continued, but I am getting used to them. It also helps that I can feel the baby move all day long, so my worrying has decreased a lot. Every day my students ask me how the baby's doing and whether I know if it's a boy or a girl yet, like it's going to happen magically one night as I sleep. It is so cute that they care about me and the baby though - they're sweet kids!

Kevin and I have had the BEST weekend ever! Friday night we had a date night, which was long overdue. On Saturday morning we got up and drove to Bryan to meet my parents at my granparents' house. We loaded up and went down the the "bottom" to ride 4-wheelers, cook out, and spend great time with my wonderful family (I rode safely beside my Granny on their Ranger - no 4-wheeling for me this time)! I even found enough wishing rocks to top off the vase at my house I've been working on for a few years now. AND, Kevin and the rest of the men in my family worked hard to rescue us from a 4 1/2 foot rattlesnake that was hiding under the deck at camp! Very exciting.

Sunday morning we got up and went back down to camp to have breakfast and play some game where you try to throw balls close to a target, and then we headed home. We got a lot of chores done (clean house, clean laundry and sheets, clean dogs), and then went to Chad and Julie's house to grill with friends. The boys entertained themselves by playing a makeshift golf tournament with wiffle balls, a wash tub, and various obstacles such as a yoga ball "bunker." Us girls sat inside and talked about girl stuff, like babies.

Today Kevin got up early to go dove hunting while I slept in, and then he came home and we slept in even longer. We did a few more things around the house and then had dinner with our friends at Will and Brittny's house. Their son Chase was very interested in the baby in my belly, and wanted him/her to come out to play. We tried to explain that it would be a LONG time before he/she would come out, but he didn't get it. So I tried to explain that the baby would not come until after Santa comes to visit. Now Chase thinks I have Santa Claus in my belly. He kept trying to find him by lifting up my shirt, and he thinks my baby is going to give him lots of presents. Great! But really, I thought it was hilarious.

So a LONG weekend filled with both FAMILY and FRIENDS. A healthy, active little baby growing in my belly, and a husband who's getting as excited as I am. What more can I ask for?

Here are my 18 weeks pics, taken yesterday: