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Monday, May 28, 2007

Mother's Day Gift

I got my first Mother's Day gift a little late (this weekend!) but wanted to post a picture! Shane is too sweet! We have had a good Memorial Day weekend so far. We saw Shrek 3, which we thought was just as good as the other 2! Then we just hung out at home and yesterday we went to church and cooked out with the Woods family and watched Night at the Museum. Today Shane is golfing again and I am relaxing! Its been a great weekend! We are definitely feeling Abbey move all the time now! She is around 2 lbs and a little over 14 inches long! The funny thing is that I don't have a huge gigantic belly yet but bending over is getting difficult- then I realized that there is a 2 lb 14 inch baby plus other "new" stuff in my stomach now so all the room I had before is now being crowded thus making it difficult to bend over! I am learning that I can't eat such spicy food for dinner, lunch is ok still but if I have spicy food for dinner acid reflux rears its nasty head! That is NO fun. Cravings are still cereal- Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Flakes, Luck Charms, Oh's, basically almost any cereal although I am not a big fan of chocolate cereals- however I will eat them if that is my only choice!
My wonderful Aunt Julie- Abbey's great Aunt heheh- and I are meeting up sometime soon to look at Baptism gown patterns. SHE will be making the gown not me, if I were making it it would take years and probably resemble a potato sack! Julie is very very talented, she even made her own wedding gown, so I am looking forward to that.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Kicks, Somersaults, Jabs and some rambling

So I am now officially 26 months pregnant, doesn't that equal 6 and a half months pregnant? If each month has 4 weeks then yes my math is correct! I am definitely feeling and looking pregnant now! I can still wear one pair of my regular pants but I am mostly in all maternity shirts now, which is nice because they actually make me look pregnant unlike regular clothes which just make me look chubby!

I have also been feeling the baby move so much lately! Such strange sensations! I like it but it is so weird, its like sometimes my insides are being pushed around and rearranged! And it seems that I feel a movement on one side of my belly and then one on the total other side! I have also felt a few where it seems that Abbey (ha! so fun to call her by name!) is trying to stand straight up and her little feet are way low, now that is a strange feeling! I have also been able to feel her with my hand on my stomach, they are not strong movements but I did feel them- not too long before we see my stomach move...I don't know if I am ready for all of that!!

I also have noticed that I can't eat as much as I used to and I need to start eating 5-6 small meals a day instead of 3! I ate half a bowl of soup, half a half salad and a roll today for lunch and afterwards I was in misery. I have no room in there for that much food, but then in about 3-4 hours I am starving again! Eating smaller more frequent meals is hard to do!

Also I have begun to have some acid reflux issues! YUCK! I notice them when I eat something really spicy and then go to bed shortly after. I know I know your not supposed to lay down right after eating and if you have acid reflux you should sleep propped up...easier said than done. My new pillow does not really allow for propping up while in use, and well I am not giving up that pillow it is my best friend right now! I need one for the living room and two for the bedroom because it is like wrestling an elephant when you try to turn over with that thing in the middle of the night. Anyways back to this acid reflux, it wakes me from a dead sleep and makes me sit straight up...which I never ever sit straight up in bed from a deep sleep. Anywho my throat feels like it is on fire and the taste of whatever I ate previously is disgusting! I almost throw up every time it happens, thank goodness that I have not done that.

Now on to some happier things! When Shane and I got married Father Steve suggested that we tell each other things that we are thankful for in our lives, well we have made this a nightly ritual because we do have so many things in life we are thankful for. Now sometimes it is as small as being thankful that the next day is a Friday after a long hard week. Most nights we are thankful for the wonderful things God has done with our lives and we reflect often on how lucky we are and even when tragedy strikes you have to do your best to focus on the positive things that God is doing in your life otherwise you will just go crazy. No one can explain why God does the things that he does but there are reasons. But last night Shane said he was thankful that we both are people who are in general happy and look for reasons to be happy instead of looking for things in life to be mad about or be depressed about. Now with that being said a really sad situation took place last week and we allowed ourselves to feel sad and grieve and there are still really sad moments in my days but you have to allow yourself to find some light in a dark situation and that has been my salvation that I am able to focus on something good that only can result when something terrible occurs. My point in all of this is that I hope and pray to God that Shane and I are able to instill this in our children (hopefully it will be children!) we talk about how scary it is to raise children in this world but we know that we won't be alone in this walk but we can't forget that God will be there for us always but that we have to invite Him into our lives. I can't even imagine how hard it will be to raise a child with strong Christian morals and values, it is scary but I know we will be able to do it! Over all I think we are just lucky to have had parents who instilled those morals and values in us, now we may have strayed for a few years and had different beliefs but we came back. I can't imagine how hard it is to see your child make the wrong decisions, I know it will happen and I know we can't force our kids to do what we want but it sure would be nice! Well I will stop rambling now because Shane has asked me who I am writing a novel to...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

We decided on a name...

Providing that the ultrasound was right and this is a little girl we have a name....

Abigail Jane Zimmerman and she will go by Abbey!

We had a rough week last week. As many of you know my oldest sister passed away unexpectedly and we were with my family in North Vernon all week. Shane came to bed on Friday night, the day of the funeral, and asked me what I thought of Abbey. I immediately loved it, we had tossed it around a little before but never settled on it. I love Abigail because it is classic and Abbey is just too cute! We thought about going with Rene for the middle name (my middle name) but we think we may save that for a first name in the future, if we are blessed again! So we thought about Ruth but did not like the sound of it. Then I said how about Jane, which was my sisters middle name. Shane liked it a lot. So we settled on Abigail Jane. Now here are some interesting things that occurred after we started telling people about it- I told my friend Rachel on Saturday that we had decided on it and she said that it was really special because my Dad (Les) used to call my sister (Audrey) AJ- that had not even occurred to me when Shane and I discussed the name. I did not put the initials together but there it is her initials will also be AJ. Then we told my Dad (yes I have two dads- in this case I mean my dad Bryan!) and Ginger (my step mom) and Ginger said isn't that your Grandma Stewart's middle name too? And of course it is! I know that any other mothers out there will back me up when I say that I feel like I am loosing my mind- I forget things, and can't remember things all the time!!! Frustrating. So it had not even dawned on me about her middle name too! So this baby will be named after two wonderful women who have been part of my life for a long long time. Now my Grandma Stewart wanted me to go with Bree (short for her maiden name Breeck) but we went with Jane so hopefully that makes her smile too! I am sure it will. The more I say the name Abigail Jane the more I like it- two very classic names with such meaning.