Saturday, February 27, 2010

baby gum drop.

My story of learning about baby Gum Drop:

I took the pregnancy test on February 16th.  My period was late but I really thought it was because I had just had a baby, I had started exercising a lot and I had started work again so I was a little stressed out.  Oh, and I had started taking my birth control pills on January 24th, just as my midwife had said.  (I did have one period after Gabby was born)  Apparently that one period was all my body needed to get pregnant again.  I had my 6 week post-baby check on January 19th.  The midwife said I had healed nicely and hubbs and I could be 'active' again.  The next day was the first time in about 8 weeks or so that hubbs and I were 'active' and would you believe it, that first time was when I got pregnant!  It never crossed my mind that I could be ovulating so we should be careful.  Anyway, I wanted to take the test so I could assure myself that I was not pregnant and that my period was late because of the reasons mentioned above.  

I went out on my lunch break to CVS, bought some cough drops for hubbs and a box of two tests.  I was not nervous at all buying or taking the tests because I thought there was no way  I was pregnant again.  I go back to work and use the bathroom there.  I didn't think I needed to wait until I got home because, duh, it would be negative.  Well, I did not need to wait the said 3 minutes, it wasn't even 3 seconds - as soon as my urine hit that stick those 2 lines appeared.  That's when it happened - I freaked out.  All my coworkers thought someone had died - that's how intense my reaction was.  It was body-paralyzing shock and freight followed by confusion.  I thought, for a second, maybe there were still hormones in my body from my pregnancy with Gabby that was making the test positive.  I called the nurse at May.Grant who popped that bubble real quick.  My coworkers were amazing - they immediately embraced me and prayed for me.  I am so lucky to work with such kind, Godly women.  I called my mom too - freaking out.  She helped to calm me and told me, "this is what God wants for you."  She is right!

I told Steven when I got home - I was crying hysterically because I was afraid and still very much in shock.  He just smiled =)  I could not believe his excitment - he always made it clear he only wanted 2 children and we were 100% done after Gabby.  He says, "think about my life 6 years ago, I never thought I would be married or have kids - now I am happily married with a 3rd baby on the way, how great is that?!"  He has been the voice of reason and calm the past week and a half.  When I get overwhelmed and start to worry he reassures me that everything is gong to be fine because we have each other!  He's so great =)

I went to the doctor on Monday and they confirmed the pregnancy and I got some blood work done.  Everyone got a good laugh out of our situation and the nurse told me she'd be praying for us.  The midwife calmed my fears about my body being able to handle another baby so soon.  She admitted that it will be difficult but she would not consider me high risk at this point.  I went back on Friday for an ultrasound where we got to see our little surprise!  I am 7 weeks today and Baby Gum Drop is due to arrive on October 16, 2010 - when his/her little sister will be just 10 months old!!  It looks like we're back to weekly belly posts for the next 32 weeks or so!
 I had to make this shirt for her - stores don't sell BIG sister shirts in size 0-3 months!

100th post!!

There couldn't be a better topic for my 100th post...
Gabby is going to be a big sister come October.. when she is just 10 months old!!  Yea, 2 babies in 10 months, it sure will be an adventure!!  {and NO, this was not planned!}

more to come!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

sleepy sweet potato!

she just snuggled into her daddy's hand and fell right to sleep.. such a cutie pie!

stay tuned for some fun yet shocking news coming soon.. God sure surprises us sometimes and has plans for our lives we would have never dreamed of.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


My-o-my there's a lot going on in the Anderson house!  I truthfully have zero energy to post anything of real content so I will leave you with something a million times better than my words... photos of my absolutely wonderful, adorable kiddos =)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

my cardboard.

I know what mine would say..

front: A Christian When Convenient

back: Now Loving Our Lord Constantly

What would your says..

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

doctor visit recap! {& other fun stuff!}

So we took our little sweet potato to her 2 month well baby visit today.. I'll just say she's not so little anymore!  Gabby now weighs 12 lbs 2 oz and is 24 1/4 inches long!!  That means she is above the 95th percentile for height and in the 90th percentile for weight.  Holy cow - how is it that my tiny little 7 pound chickadee now weighs 12 pounds?!!  She got a ton of vaccines (even an oral one) and was not lovin' life afterward.  Tears lasted for a few minutes but thankfully she settled down as soon as I put her into her carseat.  She goes back in 2 months for her 4 month check up =)  
I started back to work on Monday.  Steven brought the kids over and we had lunch together so I wasn't away from them the entire day (which made a world of difference!)  I've been very busy getting caught up and organized that the separation has not been too difficult but certainly not easy.  My coworker Amy had post placement visits with two babies that were born shortly before I had Gabby so it was great to see them (and they helped with my baby fix!)  I really do have a very interesting and meaningful job - some days I love it - other days I contemplate other careers - but ultimately I do enjoy it and really feel like I am making a difference in the lives I'm involved in.

While reading up on the blogs I follow I came across this video on Kelly's blog.  I realize it's 8 minutes long but I promise every second will be worth it.  I've watched it about a dozen times now and still cry with each piece of cardboard.  I've been thinking about what my cardboard would say..

Pretty powerful.. huh?!  Have you thought about what yours would say?
Okay, if you've made it this far.. and I sure hope you have.. here are some recent photos!

"Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name." - 1 Chronicles 29:13

Friday, February 5, 2010

Gabby is 2 months old!

My how time flies.. my sweet potato is already 2 months old.  It's so hard to believe - I can remember her birth so clearly, I feel like it was just this morning.  She has been an amazing baby [and I'm not just saying that] - she really has been very easy to care for.  Gabby cries when she is hungry or really wet; other than that she is very content and just loves to hang out and look around.  It has been just a joy watching her grow, change and develop a little personality.  I think she gets more beautiful each day and my love grows for her every time I see her face.  Our family is so blessed to have her =)  [I just looked back and read Gabby's one month post and this first paragraph is so similar to what I wrote last month.. kinda weird!]  Here are some of the fun stuff Gabby has been up to for the past month:
  • I don't know how much you weigh but you see the DR on Tuesday so I will post it then!
  • You met your Great Grammie!!! [this was a dream come true for me!]
  • You grew a ton and are now wearing 0-3 month clothes - except for your Gerber onesies, those run small so you are in 3-6 months!
  • You are still in size 1 diapers but I don't think it will be long before we're buying size 2s.
  • You smiled at me for the first time on January 6th - since then you have been smiling like crazy - and it's BEAUTIFUL!!
  • You have started to find your voice - your favorite conversation has been talking to Daddy about buying a pretty pink bathing suit and going to the beach to play in the ocean!
  • You still love bath time and you are a pro in the car!
  • Your bouncy seat is a favorite nap spot.
  • Your first night in your crib was January 30th - you slept great and have not had any troubles since!
  • You slept through the night for the first time on January 23rd - right at 7 weeks old - which is exactly the same time Gav started sleeping through the night.
  • You've definitely caught on to our nighttime routine and that definitely makes me happy!
  • Your dimples are still incredibly adorable!
  • I don't know how much longer your eyelashes can grow =)
  • You have insanely strong legs for a 2 month old.
  • You are drinking 4-6 ounces per feeding - we still haven't figured out a consistent feeding schedule during the day - you eat when you're hungry!
  • You had your first trip to a different state - we went to Maryland to eat at Golden.Corral.  You slept through the entire meal and no one could believe you slept through all the noise!
  • You took your first trip to an elementary school - we went to visit Grammie at her work so she could show you off  introduce you to her coworkers and students!!
  • You still have the most adorable nose!

I may post more later (lots more to talk about) but for now I am going to go and snuggle with my sleeping beauty since today is my last day of maternity leave.  To be honest I'm not at all looking forward to going back to work but I know once I get back into the swing of things I will be okay.  I work with a great group of people and I know they have been praying for me and will be a great support as I transition back into the adoption world. 
she is not a fan of the hat - I on the other hand love it!