Oct 26, 2009

Growth Spurt! 15 weeks

Baby Roberson had a growth spurt this week!! Or so, I think he/she did:) You know, I laugh at myself everytime I take a new picture. Each time I see my belly in a picture, I think it's huge! haha. And then I look at older belly pics and see nothing, when at that time I thought my belly was huge as well. I say all of that to say that in this week's picture, I really do see a baby bump! And hopefully in a few weeks when I'm even bigger, I'll look back at this picture and not think I was crazy for seeing anything.  

One with the shirt down....                                                     

And the ever growing baby bump:) 15 weeks

Here is some info. about the growth of our little one from Babycenter: (the writers just chose a gender; we obviously don't know yet what we are having)

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl!

Adam and I couldn't be more exited about finding out the sex of our baby! Only 2 1/2 weeks, and we will know:) I've been feeling wonderful so far. And no crazy cravings to mention....yet!

Adam and I are also trying to nail down some names. We are both very indecisive people, so as you can imagine,  this is a difficult task! Just as we think we've decided, we change our minds again! Choosing our child's name is a HUGE responsibility! We want it to mean something honoring, to not have weird initials, to be different but not too different, to reflect us as a couple...and the list goes on a on...HOWEVER. I do say that we are having fun deciding all of this. And if you have any suggestions, please send them our way. And of course, as soon as we know, you will know:)

Tonight we are off to the Corn Maze with our highschool students (who by the way, think they know exactly what we are having and are fighting over who we will choose first to babysit;) I'm just thankful that we have some willing babysitters ready! Anyway, we are enjoying our fall, looking forward to the holiday season! Please keep praying for me, Adam and baby roberson:) God Bless!

Oct 20, 2009

Welcome Fall!! Almost 14 weeks Prego..

Welcome Fall! Saturday, Adam and I officially welcomed Fall. We started the day off at Honey's Hotdogs for lunch, which we believe have the best hot dogs around. Then we went pumpkin shopping and found "the perfect" pumpkin- according to Adam:) Who knew finding the perfect pumpkin would be so hard. Anyway, we also bought some fall decorations, and rented a movie. Once we got home, Adam carved his first pumpkin, and I do believe loved every minute of it!  Meanwhile, I made hot chocolate for us while we worked on the pumpkin! Here are some pictures of the grand event!:

Adam also took some more belly shots of me. Here I am almost 14 weeks!

So, there you go! Overall, I am feeling very well! Sleeping, on the other hand, has been quite interesting to say the least. I am used to sleeping on by back and stomach, neither of which is comfortable when pregnant, so I'm using a body pillow to be more comfortable on my side. It has worked so far! Adam and I are super excited about finding out the gender of our little one. We can't wait to know, and we can't wait to tell everyone. I hope you all are enjoying your fall:) Thanks for the continued prayers!

Oct 15, 2009

Exciting News!

This is a precious picture of what our baby should look like right about now! He or she is just about the size of a peach. Of course all pictures are averages, but isn't it fun to see a glimpse of the uknown:)
Well we have some really exciting news- but I'll get to that in a moment! Yesterday I had my third doctor's appointment, and it went very very well. The sweet nurse, who is pregnant and as far along as me, swept the doppler over my tummy so we could hear the baby's heartbeat. She had trouble at first getting to the heartbeat because she said my little baby kept moving! How precious right?!? I mean I know my baby is movinig, but to have her confirm that melted my heart.  Anyway, his/ her little heartbeat was very healthy-152 beats per minute to be exact. It actually cracked me up that she could even find it. Everytime she said, "Can you hear that!?" I couldn't! haha...but after much trying, I was able to clearly hear that tiny beat of life! My doctor then came in and immediately asked me, "So how does it feel to be in your second trimester?" Which threw me for a loop, considering I've been counting how far along I am according to the last ultrasound, and according to my counting I was a few days shy of my second trimester. He laughed when I asked him what he was talking about. He then proceeded to explain to me that I've been a little too meticulous with my counting! And if you know me, that sounds about right considering I overanalyze everything! He went on to explain that the only ultrasounds that are pretty close to being perfectly accurate are the really really early ones. After that, he said babies grow at slightly different rates. So even if they had 10 ultrasounds done on me, each one would predict a different due date. All of this made sense to me, since some babies are twice the size as others when they are born. Anyway, so I've been assuming I was 12.5 weeks counting from how big the baby measured at the last ultrasound. But my Dr. said that since my last LMP (for the sake of any male readers, I won't explain; you can look that up if you don't know what it is) was only 4 days in variation from the ultrasound, we can assume I'm right on track, which is 13 ish weeks!!! He said that he and I have to be on the same page, so I've gotta quit telling people I'm in the 12th week when I'm halfway into the 13th week. Of course, I was thrilled, and wholeheartedly aggreed to quit counting, and just trust him when he says I'm almost 13 and a half weeks!
Now, on to the very exciting news!! I then asked my doctor when the big ultrasound would be, where we could find out the gender, and to my ultimate suprise, he said he does those ultrasounds between 17-18 weeks!! So...he said I'll be able to find out at my NEXT APPOINTMENT!!!! Which is in about a month! I was so sure I would have to wait until 20 weeks, so my analyzing self asked, "Are you sure you can determine the sex of the baby that early?" And he said that they have never in his history of working with the ultrasound tech women he works with, have ever made a mistake when determining the gender at 17-18 weeks! So that's when he does it. I was so excited that I let out a little scream! I told him he made my day, and he just laughed:) I hope you can sense my excitement as I type this! The second I walked out of the office I called Adam, so he could be just as excited as I was! We are thrilled!!! Only a few more weeks before we can know more about this precious baby I'm carrying!
I plan on taking another belly shot this weekend, but I'm not sure much has changed this week. I'm still doing really well though, enjoying this beautiful fall weather, looking forward to Christmas. Please keep us in your prayers! Be blessed!

Oct 11, 2009

Super-Sensitive Tear Ducts:)...12 weeks

I am home!! And so is my husband:) Being gone 7 days felt like a month! But don't get me wrong; I LOVED the entire week! I met some of the most amazing people at the reThink Group, and Adam and I sat in some inspiring sessions at Catalyst. Let me give you a few highlights of the week:

* meeting the 6 other PDD's who do what I do for reThink
* meeting with the geniuses who write the curriculum for reThink
* hearing Rob Bell and learning that I won't covet someone else's life until I am completely satisfied with my own
*hearing Pricilla Shirer and learning that I have treasures given to me at the point of salvation that I've yet to uncover
*watching a Kenyan man reunite with the kind gentleman who had sponsored him for 19 years through compassion, and who ultimately introduced him to Christ (I was a sloppy mess, and everyone else in the arena was crying when we watched these men meet each other for the first time)
*taking communion with 15,000 plus people

An event like the Catalyst Conference that I worked at and Adam attended is hard to fully describe. At times in the arena, I felt like I had stepped into heaven. I cannot express how full I felt hearing thousands of people praising God at the same time, and most of the people were men. There is something about watching grown men humbly worshipping God that brings tears to my eyes. I spent a few  moments just watching my husband worship. I think everytime I watch him praise Jesus, I fall in love with him even more. Adam's heart is absolutely like none-other; I am one blessed girl! Another time I watched this woman, who seemed to be slow, worship Jesus like no one else was in the room. When I saw her, my heart melted and I cried again. (Are you seeing a theme? I cried at least 3 times each day!) Every day this past week I felt so privileged to be apart of the experience. The final night, all 15,000 of us took the Lord's supper together. That moment took my breath away. I kept picturing our Heavenly Father looking down upon all of us who were all looking up at Him. The Lord captured my heart yet again, and I prayed the entire week that one day our sweet child will meet Jesus and know Him the way Adam and I know Him. That will be a GREAT day!:)

Onto the baby updates....other than being tired and still being somewhat hungry, I feel pretty good. I can tell that my tear ducts are super sensitive:) Apparently that's from the hormonal overload I am experiencing. But, I can handle that, and thankfully, so can Adam! And I'm sleeping better through the night, not waking up hungry as often as I use to. I can't yet identify huge cravings, but I'm still opposed to plain chicken and sliced wheat bread, and now some creamy things like Spinach Cheese dip seems a little hard for me to swallow. But we'll see! Adam is with some of our students right now, so I had to try to take a picture of my belly by myself using the self timer. Here is the best shot I could get:

So there you go, that's me at a little over 12 weeks! Our little baby is about the size of a lime right now. Isn't that amazing:) I read that if I prod at my tummy, our little baby will squirm in response, even though I can't feel it yet. Also, this week, our baby's reflexes are developing. One day, his knee will jerk just like the rest of ours!  I have another appointment this week, where I should be able to hear the baby's heartbeat again! I think that's all of our news for now. Oh! This weekend Adam and I are pumpkin shopping! And here's a little secret....Adam has never carved a pumpkin! So we will do that together on Saturday! I hope you are all doing well. Please keep the three of us in your prayers! God bless:)

Oct 3, 2009

Busy, busy, busy!....11 weeks

In about 20 minutes I am leaving to go out of town for a week, and I'm pumped, not about being away from Adam for 7 days (which we have NEVER done), but about what I'm going to do. I'm headed out today for the mountains in North Georgia, where me and 7 other ladies who also work for reThink Group are going to have a retreat. I've heard nothing but great things about these women, and I'm excited to learn more about the job that I am doing. If you don't know what  I do, I work part-time from home, meaning I haven't actually met all of the women going this weekend (we are scattered over the US). The company I work for produces church curriculum for pre-school, elementary, and student ministries for churches. Well there is WAY more to it than curriculum; it's more of a mindset and vision for the church and family. Anyway, we will have our retreat for a few days. Then we are headed to work the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. And Adam and one of his friends will be going to that conference, so I'll get to see my hubby :) I feel so incredibly blessed to do what I do, be able to meet the wonderful people I'm meeting, and partner with churches who are excited about the new way they are doing ministry.

On another topic, I am still feeling pretty good! I'm still hungry quite often, but I feel like I moved into the realm of most foods tasting quite yummy now!  Adam took another belly shot of me last night, exactly 11 weeks.

My next appt. is in about a week and a half! Yay! I know God is just growing and protecting this baby, and I can't wait to meet this little one. I'm not sure if I will be able to post anymore this week, but I will try! I hope you all have a great weekend:) God bless!