Friday, December 28, 2007
I'm still convinced that I'll end up delivering this baby 2 weeks early, so.....if you do the math, that is SIX WEEKS AWAY! Holy cow. There's so much to do still!
Hope you're all enjoying the holiday season! :)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
We went to the Lonnie's parents house on Christmas Eve for the traditional lasagna dinner and opening of presents.
Now here's what I like about the Lamp family - the men do the work in the kitchen and the women sit down and talk/watch. Shirley taught them well. I guess it has to be that way when you have 3 boys! You better believe that our boy is going to learn how to cook and be helpful in the kitchen! I'm going to make sure of that. :)
Baby Lamp got completely spoiled this Christmas - and he's not even here yet! Look at the stinkin' cute outfit on the left. Dustin and Joanna bought that for baby - I think it'll look great on him for his first trip to church! And the Razorback outfit was compliments of Shad - you can't see it, but there's a football on the booty! The great PJ's were from Lonnie's parents - they are SO soft! I can't wait to snuggle with baby in them!
Christmas morning we woke up and had our very last Christmas as just the two of us. Next year will be very different with a baby crawling around!
I guess we'll just have to wait to February to see what his cute little face really looks like.
Shad and Rachel came over on Christmas Eve morning to help us paint (yea for family!!!!). We worked until about lunch, then Lonnie and I finished the rest on Christmas Day. It was exhausting, but worth it!
Here are a few pictures. Like I said, it's not done, but it's coming along!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Here's how the appointment went...
Baby's umbilical cord was in front of his face the whole time, so we didn't get very good pictures. In fact, she didn't even charge us for the visit and we get to go back next week and try again. But we still got pictures, a video of the whole ultrasound, and a CD of all the pictures. Baby was all curled up in a ball - he's very flexible! His feet were hanging out around his head most of the time.
She measured Baby for us, and it was just as I feared - he's a big 'ol Lamp baby! He's measuring 4 pounds and 5 ounces (of course, she says plus or minus a pound), which is equivilent to 32 weeks and 5 days, but I'm only 30 weeks and 4 days. So, Rachel is predicting that I'll probably have the baby early, which I don't want, mainly because that means there's more time at the end of the school year that I'll have to go back for.
We go back for another ultrasound on Dec. 26, and our regular doctor's appointment is on Dec. 27.
In other news, my doctor had her twin girls today! Her husband performed the C-section (can you imagine?). All are well; one of the twins had to go to ICU because she was having breathing difficulties, but she was expected to be out of ICU this evening and into a regular room. Yea! And since she had the babies early, that means it's more likely that she'll be back in time for my delivery (that is, if I don't go too early).
And now, the pictures! They're all face shots, you just have to look carefully to really see it. Like I said, they're not great, but that's okay - it's our baby boy!
Here's the funniest part....when we showed Caden the pictures of Baby, his immediate response was, "Why is he made of wood?"
Ha! That's a perspective I hadn't thought of yet, but it makes sense! Maybe we need to name him Pinocchio Lamp.
Monday, December 17, 2007
The big day is tomorrow - 4D Ultrasound! I won't be able to post pictures until Wednesday night, since the person that scans in my pictures for me is from school, so she'll have to do it Wednesday at school.
I've been feeling a LOT better lately. The weird thing now is that I can feel body parts poking through my belly. I don't really know how to describe it. Every now and then I'll feel something, and when I touch my belly, it's like I can feel his foot, or elbow, or who knows. It's a crazy feeling.
And a name update...we still have nothing! We're still sick of trying to think of names and would rather just not talk about it. But, we now have 5 friends from church that are also pregnant, so we figure we probably need to secure a name pretty quickly, before all the good names are taken! :)
- paint the bottom half chocolate brown; leave the top half the current paint color; put up a chair rail
- paint the bottom half chocolate brown; paint the top half a darker khaki to match the khaki in the crib set; put up a chair rail
- paint the bottom half chocolate brown; paint blue circles on the top half of one wall; put up a chair rail
- leave it the current paint color; paint a couple of brown stripes horizontally around the room (at the chair rail height)
- try to mimic the bumper of the crib set as a chair rail around the room (blue stripe with brown on top and bottom with circles in the middle) - I like this but have no idea how I'd actually do it
That's about as much as my brain could come up with. Any ideas? I'd like to walk in there and feel happy and excited to bring our baby boy home to it, but that seems to be the last feeling that comes to mind. Help!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I have to brag on my amazing husband. The last week has been a lot harder on my body, and I just haven't been feeling very good. He has taken SUCH good care of me! He's been cooking, cleaning, and waiting on me hand and foot! I know it's gotta be hard on him, but he hasn't complained a single time. He is amazing! I am so thankful to have such a loving, selfless husband. I just hope I get to feeling better soon so he can take a break and I can spoil him for awhile.
December 18 - 4D Ultrasound appointment (yea!!!!!)
December 27 - next regular check-up
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Click on Arkansas, Rogers, and 2007, then hit submit. Ta da! There's my name! :)
Thanks a bunch!!!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I was able to tolerate the yucky glucose drink better than I expected. It really is not as bad as everyone says. Don't get me wrong, it's not good by any means, but I never felt like throwing up! (So don't worry, Crystal!) The doctor said no news is good news, so if I don't hear anything in the next few days, I guess no gestational diabetes for me!
We've reached the point where we start going to see the doctor every 3 weeks rather than four. Just another reminder of how close this baby is to coming! Yikes! It seems like there's still so much to do! (like picking a name, maybe????)
We'll be traveling to southern Indiana next Tuesday for Thanksgiving. Hopefully I'll have so good pictures to post when we get back. AND...we should be going for a 4D Ultrasound in the next couple of weeks, so that'll give us some more great pictures.
Friday, November 9, 2007
You guys have no idea the amount of relief I am feeling right now...
It feels good!
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!
I think we're going to get the gang together and go to Shoguns next weekend to celebrate. Yea!
Yesterday was a big day. Baby was kicking around like crazy last night, so I decided to just watch my belly to see if I could see it move. And boy, did I!!!! For a good hour, I sat there and watched my belly move around every few seconds. It was unbelievable. All these milestones I keep hitting just keep getting better and better. Not too much longer and I'll have my little baby boy to hold in my arms - can't beat that!
We go back to the doctor on Wednesday for our monthly check-up. This is when I'll do the dreaded glucose test, so let's pray that I can keep the yucky stuff down and, of course, for no diabetes!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
As most of you know, I am very patiently (ha!) waiting on the scores for my National Boards, which I completed last March. I just found out that the scores are going to be posted at 8:00 in the morning!!!!!! This is a whole week earlier than it was supposed to be, and a month earlier than we actually thought it would be (last year it was Dec. 13 before they released the scores, so we figured they'd be late again this year).
I am freaking out! I know there is no point stressing about it - I either passed, or I didn't, and no matter how much I stress about it, it won't change that fact. But still....there is NO way I'm going to be able to sleep tonight!
I just have to keep reminding myself that this is supposed to be a THREE year process; some people just happen to pass the first year. The passing rate is only 34% the first year, so I'm trying to keep that in mind. But I'd rather just pass the first year and not have to do any more work!
For those of you that don't know...National Boards is a VERY rigorous process that teachers voluntarily go through. It takes a year to complete, and involves turning in a portfolio containing several essays (15-17 pages in length each!), video tapes of your teaching, and taking a big test at a computer testing center. It is a three year process, but even after three years, only 75% of teachers actually pass. If you do pass, along with the prestige of the title, you are certified in all 50 states, and you get a nice monetary reward each year for the 10 year certification.
So....say a prayer for me! I want to pass so bad, but I need prayers that if I don't, I can handle the stress of having to start writing, studying, and videotaping again, on top of the stress of being pregnant.
I hope to post some good news tomorrow!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
So needless to say, we got several really good pictures. The BEST ONE OF ALL is the first one. I kid you not...our son is ripped! We got a picture of his bicep muscle. You can see a bump for his shoulder, then a huge bump for his bicep! Lonnie was so proud! (okay, I know you're all saying, that's really not his muscle. But I prefer to believe that he is a muscular boy, not really chunky. I'm actually terrified that we're going to have a humongous baby, after seeing that picture!) Here's a breakdown of all the pictures.
#1 - Baby's bicep
#2 - More proof that it's a boy - butt shot on the bottom right, still not sure what's on the top left
#3 & 4 - Baby's face - profile of his eye, nose, and mouth
#5 - Baby's foot
Thanks for all your prayers!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
We're trying to look at the bright side...at least we'll get to get another look at baby! And since we were disappointed with our last ultrasound, maybe this tech will be more friendly and more willing to print pictures for us.
Everything else seemed fine. Next month's visit is the dreaded diabetes test, so I am NOT looking forward to that.
On a completely unrelated note...here's a link to a story from Saginaw, Michigan, just a few minutes from where I grew up! It made the "weird headlines" section in our paper. Ha!
That's all for now...I'll try to post another belly picture sometime soon. It's starting to get big!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The first one is the traditional 'it's a boy!' shot. He is curled up in a little ball, so all you can see is his head (on the right), and his legs on the left. The two round things towards the left/center are his knee caps, then his ankles are crossed at the far left.
This is pretty much the same shot, only a little clearer. You can see his shins and feet a little better. And that's all! We were a little disappointed we didn't get better pictures. I have a friend that's 3 weeks ahead of me, and she has a whole photo album of all her ultrasound pictures! Oh well...I guess that leaves more to the imagination.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
The ultrasound went well - heartrate was 144; brain, heart, kidneys, etc. looked great! He didn't move around much, but was in a position that didn't allow us to see a whole lot. We basically got to look down at the top of his head, and see his legs, which were crossed at the ankle. His hands were in front of his face most of the time, so we never got to see much of his face. I think he's showing his Willis qualities already - laid back and bashful.
So I guess little Lucy Lamp wasn't meant to be this time...maybe next time around. We're starting to stress a little about a name. We like the idea of an L name, but there aren't many we like. I like Levi, but Lonnie has a cousin named Levi. I've had many people suggest Landon. It's on the 'okay' list for now. Basically we have nothing on the 'good' name list, one on the 'okay' list, and hundreds on the 'never in a million years' list. So, if you have any good suggestions, let me know (just don't be offended if I shoot it down).
We got two pictures from the ultrasound, but I won't get to download them until Sunday. So check back then!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
We scheduled the ultra sound day - October 4! It will be nice to know whether it's a boy or girl, but I really just want to know if everything looks okay. So....just a week and a half. And the best part is, we get to leave work early! 2:45 is the latest they could schedule it (unfortunately, it's less than a mile from my school, so I really only get to leave 5 minutes before the bell rings).
I forgot to blog this important happening...
I felt the baby move! It happened for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I read that starting around 16 weeks, it was possible, but it's usually more like 20 weeks before you can really start to feel anything, especially if it's your first child. So, right at 16 weeks, I started trying to pay attention to it. I learned that if I lay down, with no noise what so ever, and concentrate, then I could feel the baby moving around. It's so amazing - there really is a person in there! Lonnie was hoping he could put his hand on my belly and feel it, but I'm afraid it'll be several more weeks before we get a kick that strong!
I guess that's all that's happening for now....
We'll be sure and post next Thursday and let you know if we have a little princess or a football player!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I've had several people ask me if I've started to look at baby stuff yet - clothes, bedding, decorations for the nursery, etc. I really haven't - I figure since we don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet, there's no point in looking. But yesterday the decorator in me starting getting ansy, so I got online and looked at bedding. I fell in love with a crib set from Walmart (who knew?). I just had to share it with you all...
It's just perfect! Trendy and not too girly. Anyways, I'm ready to start decorating! I guess I should probably wait til we know for sure if it's a girl or boy, though.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
- Even though we know it's more likely that we'll have a boy, thanks to the Lamp genes, there's always been a little part of me that really thinks it's going to be a girl.
- We cannot find ANY boy names that we like. And believe me, I've read the entire baby name book, but came up with nothing. We already have a girl named picked out (and have had it picked out since about week 7). That's gotta be a sign, right?
- The Chinese Lunar Calendar predicts a girl.
- We did a few of the "old wives tales" this weekend to predict the sex of the baby. They all pointed to a girl:
-The ring on a string test: It swung back and forth, which means it's supposed to be a girl
-Cravings: Now, I wouldn't say I've had any cravings yet, but for the whole pregnancy, even during the yucky nausea weeks, fruit has always sounded good to me. That's the only type of food that I've enjoyed eating the whole time. Supposedly sweet cravings means it's a girl, salty means a boy.
-Heartbeat: As I mentioned in the last post, the baby's heartbeat is in the 150's. A high heartrate supposedly means a girl, a low heartrate supposedly means a boy.
So, we're hoping to give you all a sweet little baby girl to love on! And don't worry, she will be extra sweet because Lonnie has put in his order for a non-crying, non-pooping, non-puking baby, so we'll only get the fun stuff - smiling, cooing, giggling, and so on. A man can dream, can't he?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Now here's my question...
Several people at work are now convinced that we're having a girl after I told them the heartrate, since girls are supposed to have higher heartrates than boys. But Rachel says that's jibberish. Did anyone else out there in the blogging world experience a faster heartrate with a girl than a boy? Leave a comment...I'd really like to know.
- I've almost survived my first week of school. We started on Monday, and it has been a LONG week! I can't get over how tired I am by 3:00 (well, by lunch, if I'm being honest). Needless to say, I've been going to bed very early this week! Poor Lonnie, I feel like I'm abandoning him!
- Surprise, surprise - still no computer. It is now on it's way back to Compaq for the THIRD time. Each time they return it, it's in the same condition as when we mailed it the first time. So Lonnie bought a used laptop from a guy at work, and we feel like we're living the high life again - actually having computer/internet/email access at our fingertips!
- Keira is TWO years old today! Happy birthday, Goosey! We love you!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
We had our first ultrasound last Monday and found out everything looks good! We got to see baby's heartbeat, and watch him wiggle around a lot. He was about an inch long then, but according to "the baby books," by next week (which is the end of my first trimester) baby should be almost 3 inches long!
I've been feeling pretty good lately. I went through a period of about 2-3 weeks where I had some lovely EVENING sickness. It would start around 4pm (oddly enough around the time that Lonnie gets home) and last until I went to bed. The third week was better, where the nausea didn't hit until around 8 or 9pm. The last week has been pretty good - I've only felt nauseous once or twice. Yeah!
I desperately want to post the ultrasound pictures, I just need to find someone with a scanner. So hopefully I can do that in the next week.
And for all your curious minds...
The computer is still winning our battle. We received the computer back from the company on Tuesday. I got my hopes up, thinking I'd be able to get online, but no such luck. Still no keyboard or mouse. They pretty much didn't fix a thing. So now we're waiting for them to mail us another box, so we can send it back to them, for them to NOT fix it again, and send it back to us, and the vicious cycle will go on and on...
Thursday, July 12, 2007
- Herbert (this is a middle name of the several of the Lamp clan that Caden finds quite amusing)
- Daniel (these 3 were suggested on Sunday afternoon - can you guess what he learned about at church?)
- Baby Seth (I'm not sure where this one came from, but he is dead set on it. That's the name he almost always uses when referring to the baby.)
And, of course, Lonnie and Curt had some important input as well...
- Lava Lamp
- Ultra Violet Lamp
- Inca Descent Lamp
- Tiffany Lamp (that's Rachel's input)
Anyone else have some important naming ideas? I don't know if you can top these, but it's worth a try!
It's going to be a long week....
Moral of the story...don't count on too many posts in the coming week or two.
Monday, July 2, 2007
That's right! We're pregnant! Our little Night Light, as we like to call baby Lamp, is due February 23. We apparently tried to stick with the Willis/Lamp tradition of cramming in as many birthdays in January/February/March as humanly possible.
We were able to tell most of our family in person, since we had already planned on going up to Michigan/Indiana for vacation. We visited with my parents for a few days in Michigan (where my mom actually jumped up and down in excitement after hearing the news), then drove down to Indiana to see my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. And, of course, Lonnie's whole family lives here, so we were able to tell them in person as well. They were very excited to have another baby in the family, since it's been over 7 years since the last grandchild.
I had my first doctor's appointment yesterday (Tuesday), just for preliminary bloodwork, but will go back on July 23 for our first ultrasound! We'll be able to see the baby's heartbeat. Yea! We'll see how grossed out Lonnie gets during this whole process. :)
Anyways, I thought it was about time to join the blogging craze so you can all keep track of Baby Lamp's adventure into this world!