Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby Clark-Announcing our news

I knew I was going to be taking a test the morning of  September 23rd. I didn't sleep well due to anxiousness and excitement. I woke up at 4:45 and decided that I couldn't wait any longer. As I was waiting for the tests to register, I was praying "God, if the test is positive, thank you thank you thank you. If it is negative, please let me not be discouraged and know that your timing is when we are suppose to have a baby." The first test came back with a second faint line. I couldn't believe my eyes! So I took the digital test. When it said "Pregnant," I had to try my best not to squeal with excitement. I didn't want to wake Derek up like that. Instead, I got completely ready for school and then I snuggled in bed with Derek and said "Good Morning, Daddy!" He rolled over and said "Are you preggers?" I told him I had taken 2 tests and they both said that I was pregnant. He was excitedly still sleepy but we knew we couldn't wait that long to tell our families!

I found out on Tuesday and had to wait until Thursday evening to tell my parents! As soon as I found out, Derek and I decided to order them books as a "late birthday present" since their birthdays were late August and early September. I texted them saying that they should expect their presents on Thursday. Since I couldn't be there to see them open them, I told them to face time me before they opened them. They had no clue we were trying to get pregnant so they were really surprised! I bought my dad this book:



I bought my mom this book:



They loved it! Mom held the phone towards dad while he was opening the box from amazon. He pulled out the red book and then looked at the camera and said "Are you trying to tell us something?" They were both so excited!

I face timed by brother, Jacob. Then my brother and sister-in-law, Adam and Ashley. I said "Congratulations on your promotion! They were all confused. Then I said your promotion to Aunt and Uncle. Jacob said "Are you pregnant?" Adam and Ashley were both so excited and said they had a feeling that "the promotion" comment was about this.

The next day, Friday, we went to meet Derek's parents and sister and brother in law for dinner. We were late of course due to traffic but we made it. We bought his mom a book from Hallmark that was called Me and Grandma-a journal to write together.
We bought his dad the book:



We bought Kenzi and Josh this book:


We thought carrying 3 wrapped boxes into Olive Garden would blow our cover. We were gladly wrong! They all opened their gifts. Tom chuckled. He got it a smiled. Kenzi leaned over and saw his and finished opening hers and she said "Really?!!" and started tearing up! Sandy was slowing opening hers. She looked over at Tom's and smiled but we don't think she understood what the book meant. We had been taking care of Tom since his surgery and Chemo starting in August and she thought it was about that. Derek said "Mom, keep opening your present." When she read the title of the book, she started crying and came over and gave us hugs!

We got to FaceTime some of our grandparents/family to tell them the news and that was fun! I made some cute cards for some of my closest friends down here in Nashville. Telling them that they were being promoted to "Auntie_____" come June 2015. We shared the picture at the top of my blog on facebook to announce our news. Sent texts of ultrasound pictures to some friends who live further away.

One of my favorite announcements, though, was with my Kindergarten class. I had ordered this book:


I waited until the day were were announcing on facebook (10 weeks) to tell my kiddos. I had them come to our carpet for our daily "morning meeting" and told them I had a special book I wanted to read to them. I turned the book around and read them the title. A few had smiles on their faces but none of them came out and said, "Are you having a baby?" I told them after I finished reading the book, we were going to talk about the connections they made during the story. After I was finished, lots of hands flew into the air. One little girl said, "the story was about a class, and we are a class of kids." I replied, "You are absolutely right, anyone else?" More hands and another response "the story had a teacher and you are our teacher." Again, yes, but anything else. Another hand, "I saw a fall tree in that story and we have fall tree's out right now." They are all very observant but the best one before a little boy gave the answer I was looking for was, "I saw one of our sight words in the title of the book!!!" Right again! One little boy raised his hand and said "Well, Mrs. Clark might have a baby." I replied, "When do you think I'll have a baby?" His response was "Well, I don't know!!!" After that I told my class "What would you think if I told you a little baby has been growing in Mrs. Clark's belly for awhile now?" Gasps, hands over the mouth, big eyes, squeals, and cry of "really????" rang out. They were all so excited and had LOTS of questions. We talked about my "baby doctor appointments" and that if the baby doesn't come until the due date (June 2nd), then I will be with this class the whole year. I will only be out one day at a time for the "baby doctor appointments." A sigh of relief filled the air because in the story, the teacher had her baby in February and had a substitute for a long time. I shared my ultrasound picture with the kiddos to show them how tiny the baby was (a couple weeks ago by then). Questions like "when will your belly get bigger?" and "is the baby a boy or a girl?" were the most popular ones. I'm going to document what my kiddos have said during my pregnancy because you will get a kick out of it and maybe my little one will want to read it some day and know that 19 little 5 and 6 year olds were over the moon about him or her.

I also had told my team of Kindergarten teachers with the book several weeks before I had told my class. I wanted them to be aware and know incase I got sick at school. Luckily that didn't happen! They were all so excited too!!!
 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My 15 week bump


How far along: 15 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain: by doc's scales, I've gained 2 pounds. By my scales, I'm still not back up to what I weighed when I found out I was pregnant. I had lost 5 pounds in the first trimester. 
Maternity clothes: YES! I feel like since I'm short and have a short torso, I have "popped" earlier than some people. I LOVE maternity pants/leggings/etc. 
Stretch marks: no.
Sleep: good/bad. All depends. Derek is calling my side of the bed, my nest. I had a pillow propped up behind me for my back and my body pillow in front of me. I had bad heartburn last night so I slept with two pillows behind my head. I need to get another thing of tums to keep on my bedside table. 
Best moment of this week:  Hearing baby's heart beat again at my doctor's appointment!
Miss anything:  not really...I do miss eating salad/veggies/chicken. It's hard to come up with something that sounds good to me. 
Movement: no but I've felt some tightness. I don't know what I should be feeling hah!
Food cravings: not really but I have had some crazy food aversions. 
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope. 
Have you started to show yet: oh yes!
Gender:  no news yet
Labor signs: - 
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: On 
Happy or moody most of the time: a little of both. 
Looking forward to: Christmas with our families! Then our big ultrasound on January 7th! 
Baby's size: Orange!

Prayer for Baby: 

Dear little baby, 

Your mommy and daddy love you so much. We thank God for you everyday! We can't wait to find out if you are a little prince or princess! I am anxious to be able to feel you move inside of me. I pray that you know that you are never alone and God is always by your side.

Love,
Your Mommy

Dear God,

Thank you so much for allowing me to carry this precious miracle inside of me. This Christmas season has really made me think of Mary and her journey to becoming Your Son's mother. I pray that I can be the best mother and christian example for this sweet blessing inside of me. Please, be with our family during this Christmas season as my father-in-law is recovering from his stem cell transplant. Be with him and give him strength!
Amen


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Baby Clark is on the way!

I knew that when this time came, I could't wait to blog about my pregnancy.  I've been dreaming about this for a long time! So here's a QUICK catch up to the present day: week 15!

We found out on September 23rd that we were going to have a baby!

We told our families within days of finding out! It was so hard to keep it even for a few days. I'll post on how we told everyone soon.

I had my first doctor's appointment on October 15th: 7 weeks. It was magical! We had our first ultrasound. Our little bean! We got to see the heartbeat, too!


I've experienced extreme fatigue, strange food aversions, sore ta ta's, and only got sick 3 times. I am blessed beyond measure that I didn't experience terrible morning sickness/all day sickness.

We took our picture to share on facebook and with friends at our annual Fall Family Festival on our land on October 25th. (See picture in my blog header!)

Our second doctor's appointment was on November 12th: 11 weeks. Derek was supposed to be back from Ohio with his mom, but they had more that they had to do to pack up his parents house. My dear friend, Amy Szeliga and her sweet baby girl, Londyn, accompanied me to my appointment. I had been having some anxiety after we told everyone about baby clark, that something would be wrong and I didn't want to go to my appointment alone. When we got to my appointment, the nurse told me that doc wanted to do another ultrasound since I wasn't yet 12 weeks. AHHHHH! I was so excited but disappointed that Derek wasn't going to be able to be there. I thought we were only going to be able to hear the heartbeat. Amy videoed the ultrasound and heartbeat. Baby clark is a little jumping bean! Moving ALL OVER THE PLACE!


11 weeks!
I started feeling more energized after week 12. I am still not keen on some foods but I'm trying to reintroduce the salad and chicken that I've found repulsive and both of which I use to love so much. It's sad that chick-fil-a doesn't sound good to me anymore.

We go today for my 15 week appointment! I will post my 15 week stats/update and start on my belly posts this afternoon or tomorrow! Stay tuned for how we told everyone and my growing belly!





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Life Update

A lot has happened since I last posted in February. I said I wanted to be a better blogger this year but so far, life has taken priority!

For now, I'll do a little recap month by month:

February:
Attended the spring new product launch for Pampered Chef in Atlanta
We booked our summer vacation for June. We are going to Seagrove, FL! SO excited!
One of my best friends had her baby shower in WV! YAY for Kelly and Baby Brylee





March:
Had a wonderful snow day!
Kenzi and Josh (SIL and BIL) sold their house and moved to a rental townhouse.
Had a yummy breakfast on a Saturday morning at First Watch in Cool Springs with Heather, Nicole and Emily!
We had a guy come out and start clearing some of the woods on our land for house plots! They are not taking out my favorite big tree, though!


Hubs celebrated his 29th birthday!
Had a fun spring break at home and then our god parents came to visit for a long weekend!

We found out that our neighbor, Farmer Jimmy, now has horses in his cow pasture behind our land! I will be able to see them out my kitchen window when our house is built!
April: 
Went to go see God's Not Dead! It was AWESOME!
My Kindergarten class (and all the other K classes at my school) went on a field trip to the Nashville Zoo. Tons of fun! Me and my teacher friend, Amy!

Went home for the long Easter weekend! Had a great lunch date with my daddy, got to meet Kelly's sweet baby Brylee, went to little cousin, Evelyn's birthday party, and got to go to church with my family on Easter Sunday!

Went roller skating in our school's gym with the kiddos during PE.

May: 
Threw a pretty wedding shower for my baby brother, Adam and his bride to be, Ashely. One of my besties came with me to WV for the first time to keep me awake on the car ride and to help with the shower! She's a gem! 



I finished my 5th year of teaching, 2nd year in Kindergarten. 

Sold our town house. 


June: Packed our house. 

Adam and Ashley got married.


Went to Seagrove beach, FL on 30A with my parents, Derek's parents and his sister and brother in law. 





Moved into our big rental townhouse.
Closed on our old town house. 

July:
Celebrated my 27th birthday. 
Went on a mini 5 year anniversary vacation to Philadelphia. 




Went to the pool, hung out with friends, and enjoyed summer vacation. 

August:
Derek's dad had surgery to remove a cancerous mass on his spine. They didn't get it all so chemo and stem cell/bone marrow transplant treatment is a must. Please keep him in your prayers as he undergoes treatment!
Started my 6th year of teaching, 3rd in Kindergarten.
Met Miss Londyn Everleigh Szeliga! A sweet blessing to a great teacher friend!

Spent lots of time getting my classroom together.


Visited with Kelly, Chris and Brylee when they came to Nashville.

Getting back into the routine of school.
Spent lots of time with Derek's dad and family.
Had a little baby sprinkle dinner for my friend Nicole with our friends, Heather and Emily!

September:
Went to Cincinnati for the church league softball tournament. My parents came over and stayed with us. Went to IKEA and Tom and Chee. 


Met little handsome little Briggs Isaac Hermon. Jax is a sweet big brother! Nicole and Troy are a blessing!


Met with our builder and architect to go over our plans. 

Our friends Amber and Jesse and their girls came into town and we got to see them and spend time with them. (SO sad I didn't take any picture of that weekend!)

Went to the first musical put on by TPAC of the season with friend Heather! Went to Melting Pot for dinner (Cheese/Chocolate) before the show!

*I will try my best to post more often! I want to redesign my blog and need some suggestions/help! Please let me know if you have any suggestions!





Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Day of LOVE

This post is coming a few days late, but better late than never, as I always say!

Valentine's day is always a little crazy when you are a Kindergarten teacher. We have the kiddos bring in decorated boxes and valentine's to pass out to all their friends. We take turns during the morning passing out our valentine's to our friends boxes then in the afternoon we have our party. *Talk about a day full of crazy love* We play games, eat yummy treats and then open our boxes of Valentine's. For a couple years now, I've had the kiddos put all their valentine cards in a little construction paper scrapbook that I had pre-made by a gracious parent volunteer. The parents are very pleased that the valentine cards are taped or glued down and not going to be scattered all over their house.


The kiddos are so sweet though. Spreading the love to their classmates and teacher :) I received lots of cards, treats, and chocolates. (The chocolates didn't help much for my healthy living/weight loss goals but it was nice anyways!)



My hubs texted me earlier that day to tell me we had another house showing scheduled for the next day. Then about a hour later, texted me that we had another showing on Saturday and one in about an hour and a half. This wife did not leave the house that morning in a "show ready" condition. :( But fortunately, I have a wonderful husband who cleaned the whole house, bought me a rose and a sweet card! He took me out to a little Italian restaurant close to our house.

All in all, it was a day filled with crazy love! I hope you enjoyed some crazy love on Valentine's day and every day!