Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Well the results are in!!

After lots of prayers and waiting we have finally found out if Gabriel will have a little brother or sister...Our appointment wasn't until 1 p.m. so to keep Beth's mind occupied she went to her Yoga class and then had coffee with the girls. To make sure bellybaby was up and active she had an extra large triple espresso coffee and then came home and ate an entire bar of chocolate!! (These were doctor's orders by the way so stop having heart-attacks) Needless to say bellybaby was a squirmy worm for the ultrasound. So the time for the appointment finally arrived and we headed to the hospital. Beth called at least every week leading up to the appointment to make sure her favorite tech was going to be the one performing the ultrasound and it turned out that we were her last appointment before she left for 5 weeks. She asked us some questions and Beth told her that she was still not 100% positive that we weren't having twin bellybabies...we're not!! That was the first thing that the tech told us. Then she started looking at our baby...checking their brain, spine, fingers and toes...all perfect!! The tech had quite a handful trying to get all the right measurements because bellybaby was all hopped up on caffine and wouldn't stay still. She had to keep switching what she was measuring because our little worm was all over the place!! Then the time came when we found out if we were having another son or if I was still gonna be outnumbered by girls...dying to find out yet??

Then scroll down already and find out!!!




IT'S A GIRL!!!!


Gabriel will have a sister to watch over and I guess I need to start getting all my shotgun cleaning tools in order for whenever her dates come to pick her up. Thankfully that won't be for another 20 years or so. Thank you all for your prayers and support. We couldn't be happier!!

It was really amazing when we got back in the car after the ultrasound. We had on K-LOVE - a Christian music station that is syndicated here on the island. As soon as we turned the car on "You are Amazing God" by Chris Tomlin was on the radio. Here are some of the lyrics:

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and
You
know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
And here's a video someone made. I tried to find a way to embed the song, but I can't figure that out. Maybe we should get Scott to give us a lesson in that.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Just a quick note

I just wanted to post a quick update. I'm sure I'll post a big one either tomorrow or Wednesday. I'm sure most of you know by now that we have our referral for our first born son, Gabriel. He was born on March 23 at 4:25 p.m. near Guatemala City. We received a referral last week and fell in love. Here are some pics...






Next, we find out the sex of BellyBaby tomorrow at 1 p.m. I can't believe I am almost 20 weeks already! It seems like just yesterday that we found out we were pregnant! What an exciting year we are having! Here is a picture of me from last weekend. This was at Jewel Beach that Zach spoke about in the previous post.


That night we went and had a campfire on the beach with some friends. We are so thankful that God has led us to some new friends that are Christians and focused on family. It was funny b/c none of them are CG, so there wasn't really any shop talk, which was nice. All the guys that were there all play WoW (World of Warcraft - Zach's online game he has been playing for a while) so they all have that in common and it was funny b/c Zach would quote something from a Robin Williams stand-up routine from the 80's and the rest of the guys would finish the quote. I just looked at him and said, "Wow...you are definitely with your own kind".


We also met with the youth minister and his wife for dinner on Thursday and discussed our working with the youth group starting this summer. The girls are going to have a Bible study on Tuesday's studying Esther which I am going to be involved in and then on Thursday's they will be doing a "Destination Unknown" where they will only be told where and when to show up at a certain place. We came up with some good ideas for that too, so it will be a busy summer.

Not to mention us going to Guatemala in July to visit Gabriel. Unfortunately we won't be able to bring him home with us then, but it will be nice to meet him and be with him for a few days. We should be able to meet the foster mother as well, which I am looking forward to. So if any of you that speak and write fluent Spanish want to do us a favor and translate some letters to her, we would appreciate it. We don't have them done yet, but we will definitely have some.
We had Crab Fest this weekend, but we'll talk about that in our next blog. It's time for me to go to bed.
Ok, so this was a little longer than I expected, but still only took a few minutes. Pray that the BellyBaby has open legs tomorrow! We want to find out if Gabriel is going to have a little brother or sister!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

B-E-A-UTIFUL!!!

Today was an absoulutly gorgeous day outside today...the first day in a long time that it was above 50 degrees and not a cloud in the sky!!! I got home from deployment last night after a very long day of waiting around. Beth and I woke up early (compliments of Mother Nature's big glow bulb) and had breakfast out on our front porch this morning. Then we were actually out the door before 9:30 to go yardsaling - didn't find much. But we did make it down to Jewel Beach out on the base to go hunting for Sea Glass. The beach is right at the approach end of one of the airport runways where a C-130 was doing touch and goes. Was pretty cool!! Tonight we're headed for White Sands Beach - which is neither white nor sandy - to have a beach bonfire with a couple of couples we know from church. All in all I'd say it was a down right decent day!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!!!

I wanted to make sure I was able to wish a very Happy Mother's Day to our mom's and all the mom's we know out there! You are all so special and such an inspiration. I have learned something from all of you. I just hope that when we have our children that I will be as wonderful as so many of you are.

We haven't celebrated Mother's Day here yet. I didn't think we were going to do anything for it, but Zach has informed me otherwise. He has something up his sleeve. He apparently has whatever my surprise is with him so that I wouldn't go sneaking around the house trying to find it. He knows me oh so well. Of course, I've been so lazy and tired I have no desire to expend the energy searching the house for things.

I did receive a few Happy Mother-to-be Day cards. Thanks Mom & Dad, Delinda and Rebecca!!!! I did have to laugh when I opened the cards from Delinda and Mom though...they were the exact same card and had almost identical words written inside. Too funny! Not only that, but they arrived on the same day. I'll have to take a picture and put it on here to show you all. I loved them all though. It was very considerate and very much appreciated. I just wish I were able to see you all and spend time with you shopping for the rugrats!

We had a scare last week at the Dr's office. Ok, so I did...Zach is deployed, so I was there alone. When she measured me she said I was big and a few minutes later left to see if the Dr. with the ultrasound machine in the office was in. I heard her tell him that she had a patient (me) that is 17 weeks who was measuring 23 weeks. This is where I start freaking out! I can't handle being pregnant with TWINS!!! I can't take care of TRIPLETS!!! Thank goodness the ultrasound only showed one baby. Whew...dodged a major bullet there. God sure does have a sense of humor, doesn't He? I know if it were the case we would handle it, but I'm SO glad we don't have to handle it!

It was so neat to see the baby though. Bellybaby is a wiggleworm. Dr. Zimmer was shocked that I couldn't feel anything. He said to enjoy it while I can b/c this baby will be making his/her presence known soon and I'll be sick of it before too long. Oh, they said I was probably measuring so far along b/c I'm petite and only gaining in the belly. That's good news to me! I can actually still wear a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes. Jeans anyway...they sit below my belly. I just wish Zach could have been there to see the baby.

He will have his chance soon enough though. We have "the BIG ultrasound" on Tuesday, May 29th at 1 p.m. So everyone be praying that this baby doesn't choose to be modest while in the womb. As my friends like to say..."send open leg vibes!!!". We sure do need them. Dr. Walters told me to drink coffee and eat chocolate before I went (oh, darn) so that the baby will be moving around and hopefully get a good look. So what do you all think? Boy or girl? I still have no clue. I keep going back and forth.

We received our last bit of paperwork we were waiting on for our dossier, but the homestudy agency messed up on the notary so they have to do it again. Which means we had to have our social worker here print up another set of reports and have hers notarized again. Fun stuff. I guess Guatebaby needs to bake a little longer. I can't wait to get that referral though. I think we are REALLY close. One of the other families working with Palmetto Hope and our coordinator (Sonya - she rocks) brought home their little girl Savannah at only 4 1/2 months old. That is a huge feat right now, so I'm hoping a praying that God will let our little man come home that early too.

Ok, I'm done. Love you all and I'll post a new picture this weekend when Zach gets home. I've definitely grown since the last picture. It's amazing how much two weeks can change you! Wow!!!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

So I'm doing a little better...

...I'm making another post less than a month after my last one! That's an improvement, right? We are now 16 weeks along in the pregnancy and could also possibly have a referral by mid-June! I can't believe how fast it all seems to be going! I went to a friends garage sale today and bought a double stroller. ACK! It all became so real that we're going to have TWO babies when I bought that! Whoa...it's a good thing I know God has His plan, b/c I sure question it sometimes, but I have faith that it's all in His timing.

Anyway...We were lucky enough to fly to Sitka (see above photo) on a C-130 on the 24th of April to visit our friends Scott and Shana and thier wee one, Madison. She is just a DOLL! She has such personality! She's 15 months and everyone in town knows who she is. Sitka is beautiful. We actually got to go out on their boat, which is called "The Jedi". No joke. Anyone who knows Scott, knows how appropriate that is too. I caught my first fish and then would have caught another one, but it broke the line. It must have been a "big 'un" too because the pole had 60 lb line on it. I'm going to say it was a halibut, no one knows for sure, but that's what I'm going to go with. It was really awkward though and I feel silly even saying it, but I felt guilty once the fish was in the boat and dying, trying to breathe. I've never killed anything. I would have put it back in the water, but they told me that it would have died anyway because the hooks were so large. I made Zach put it out of it's misery. I couldn't stand watching it flop around. It makes me want to fish more though. It was thrilling.

Unfortunately Shana had to work a lot while we were there, but we had fun with the time we did have with her. They are pregnant too and are due about a month after we are, so she and Scott were giving us all kinds of tips and hints about things. Madison is so cute, did I mention that? Poor thing had a cold and was teething while we were there though. She was still fun and fiesty and we had a blast playing with her. It was neat to see Sadie (their dog) again too. They had her in flight school and she so sweet. She looks like the missing link between Snowflake and Morgan too with her coloring. It was pretty funny, we didn't remember that about her.



Oh! We bought some baleen while we were there too. Most of you probably don't know what it is...I didn't either until I got here. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Baleen makes up baleen plates, which are arranged in two parallel rows that look like combs of thick hair; they are attached to the upper jaws of baleen whales. It is composed of keratin, which is the same substance that makes up human hair and nails. Whales use these combs for filter feeding. Whales are the only vertebrate group to use this method of feeding in great abundance (flamingos and crabeater seals use similar methods, but do not have baleen), and it has allowed them to grow to immense sizes. The Blue Whale, the largest animal ever to live, is a baleen whale.

Depending on the species of whale, a baleen plate can be 0.5 to 3.5 m (2 to 12 ft) long, and weigh up to 90 kg (200 lb). Its hairy fringes are called baleen hair or whalebone-hair, referred to as "blasko" by the Native Inuit in Alaska. Baleen plates are broader at the gumline (base). The plates have been compared to sieves or Venetian blinds.

The word "Baleen" derives from Early Modern English word meaning "whale". It derives from the Latin balaena and is related to the Greek phallaina, both of which also mean "whale".

We have it hanging on our wall in our stairwell now and ever since we put it up Morgan sits at the top of the stairs staring at it and growls when Snowflake goes near it. I'm thinking that she may still smell the whale. That's about the only explaination I can come up with. We are going to try to find someone here that etches pictures into them and pay them to do that for us. So we now have our "big" memory purchase from our Kodiak tour. It looks really cool. I'll take a pic sometime and put it up. If I can remember.

I have this big sucking sound coming from my brain and into my belly. I think the baby is eating it! It's crazy! I can't seem to remember anything lately and I have heard it just gets worse. Fun stuff. Zach has taken to saying "There's only enough for one" (speaking of brain cells). He thinks he's so funny. It's a good thing he's cute. My family has hassled me to post some pics of my belly so we have been taking pictures in the same spot in our hallway every few weeks. It's been pretty fun. I'll post a timeline from two days before we found out we were pregnant through Thursday. (Don't forget: too see image larger, click on photo.)

Zach is gone on deployment to "man camp". He has duty every other day and gets to fish/hike the opposite days. I think I'm going to go to the local Mexican restaurant for Cinco de Mayo tonight with some friends. One of the guys at the AirSta is in a band that is playing there so I'll check it out. If it's too smokey I'll have to leave though. Oh well. It's been beautiful the past few days and I hope it stays that way. I just wish it would warm up some. 45 degrees shouldn't be the norm for May!

Ok, I've talked enough. Love you all and I'll try to get back even sooner this time!