Thursday, January 27, 2011

My 32nd Birthday!

I have to admit that it's a little weird to me to be blogging about my own birthday. I can not believe that I'm 32 years old! Where is time going? Didn't I just graduate from college? I still think of myself in my 20's, but I have been out of college for almost 10 years now. So far, 32 hasn't been so bad! I look forward to what this new year has to bring!
Abigail wears this birthday girl crown all time & even in public sometimes even though it's not her birthday. James thought it would be funny to take a picture with me wearing the crown.
James & I before going out to dinner!
James & I at Kirby's in the same booth we ate in on our 1st date celebrating my birthday!

Friday, January 07, 2011

20 Week Appointment & Ultrasound

I had my 20 week appointment on Wed.. I can't believe I'm already half way through this pregnancy, it's going by so fast. I LOVE getting ultrasounds! It's always so reassuring to get to peek at the baby & make sure everything is okay. My doctor waits until 20 weeks to determine the sex of the baby. Although, from the 12 week ultrasound with this pregnancy, it's been quite obvious that it's a BOY! So, the 20 week ultrasound was anti climatic at this point. However, it's fun to finally say 100% sure that it's a BOY! So, now I can have fun shopping for the nursery & for little boy clothes. Thankfully, I have lots of nephews, which means lots of hand me downs.
My appointment went well minus the LONG wait to see the doctor. I haven't lost anymore weight & haven't gained any either, which my doctor is pleased with. I found a solution that helps with my sickness. I take a pepcid ac maximum strength at 12 pm & 5 pm & try to eat before 7 pm. I still get sick sometimes, but not every night & it's usually when I eat too late in the evening. Everything looks great so far. My blood pressure is good too. However, my doctor wants me to start tracking my blood pressure at home & watching my sodium intake in my diet to prevent preeclampsia. My doctor will be keeping a very close eye on me this time around. He continues to prepare me for the possibility of bed rest at some point, but I'm really hoping this will continue to be a problem free pregnancy. I'm almost 21 weeks & had Abigail at 28 weeks. My due date with this baby is May 22nd, we are all hoping to make it to May even if it's May 1st!
Again, these are pictures of my ultrasound pictures. I really need to get my scanner fixed or buy a new one. Introducing Jacob Edison Fehrle!! This is the boy name we picked out when I was pregnant with Abigail. The baby will have the same initials as James & his Dad, which is also what James's company is named afer as well.
It's a BOY!! You can tell by looking between his legs!
Praying hands, so cute!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Christmas 2010

Christmas was wonderful & relaxing this year. James & I are working on forming our own traditions for our little family. Both of our families live in The Woodlands, which makes it easy to see everyone in the same day. Last year, we tried to go to James's extended family's Christmas party on Christmas day & it was way too stressful. I'm sad that we didn't get to see that side of the family this year. However, we think it's a priority for Abigail to see her Grandparents & 1st cousins the day of a holiday. Next year, we're going to try to plan a party with James's extended family before or after Christmas so we can see them too.
Christmas Eve we usually celebrate with the Pearson family at my Grandmother's house. However, this year we all got together at my brother's house here in The Woodlands. My brother invited his in-laws, my in-laws, our parents & younger brother, my other Grandmother, & some family friends. There was a house full of people & tons of yummy food made ALL by my 82 year old Grandmother. She is a wonderful cook & boy can she bake! It was a fun evening, but not quite the same as having it at my Grandmother's house. It's funny how you get so used to family traditions, how it throws things off when it's different.
Christmas morning James & I had to wake Abigail up from a deep sleep so she could see what Santa brought her. I got ready with the flip camera while James & Abigail walked in the room. It was so fun to see Abigail's expression as she looked at all the presents Santa brought for her. Abigail wanted to get the babies out of the boxes right away so she could play with them. She loved her new horse too, but was disappointed that she couldn't ride it & that it doesn't move. After Abigail got all her gifts from Santa, James's parents came over so we could exchange gifts with them. Next year, we will have a new little addition in our family. We will be spending Christmas mornings at home with just our little family from now on to make it easier on us, but as part of building childhood memories for our children as well.
We headed over to my parent's house for lunch & to open presents with them. We only buy for the nieces & nephews, which saves money. My parents have 6 grandkids & number 7 is on the way. It's more fun to buy for the kids anyways. However, none of us really need anything! We had a yummy meal that my mom made & then we watched the kids open their presents. Of course, my brothers managed to make weapons out of wadded up wrapping paper & throwing them at everyone. Some things never change! Santa brought my niece Kayla a new puppy for Christmas, a yellow lab named Remi. I think my brother really bought the puppy for himself. My brother named the dog Remi after Remington the gun company because he's a hunter & plans to train the dog to hunt just like he did his chocolate lab that died last year. My mom also got a new puppy for Christmas that she named Jasper, he's a miniature schnauzer. Abigail is warming up to dogs, so hopefully being around these new puppies in the family with help. Abigail has always been scared of animals, I guess since we don't have any pets except for the cows at the farm. It was an enjoyable & relaxing afternoon.
We stopped by James's parents house for a little bit before we headed home for the night. James's mom had bought some toys for Abigail to keep at her house. It's nice that Abigail has toys to play with when she's goes to Grandma & Papa's house. My parent's already had grandkids, so they had lots of toys at their house. However, Abigail is the 1st grandchild for James's parents so they didn't have any toys at their house. Abigail kept telling Grandma that she needed a highchair for her baby dolls at her house, so that's what she got along with a baby carriage.
This was the first Christmas for Abigail to really understand what it was all about. She understands that Christmas is celebrating Jesus's birthday & can tell you the Christmas story. Abigail also enjoyed the whole Santa thing as well. I know Santa isn't real, but it's a fun tradition for the kiddos & only lasts so long anyways. I don't want to dampened Abigail's imagination or keep her from joining in on the fun. However, we do make it a point to remind Abigail over & over the real meaning of Christmas.