Sunday, May 24, 2009

Super Six



So I planned to write this on Tuesday, but I will be out of town with no internet access.

On Tuesday, May 26th, I will be celebrating six amazing years of marriage with my hubby Aaron! I thought it only appropriate to do a small tribute to the man that has made my life so incredible over these last 6 years.

I think it is safe to say that I cannot imagine my life without him and the Lord has truly blessed me with the perfect mate. Even when we disagree or don't see eye to eye, his goal is to always seek understanding and peace. He unselfishly gives me everything, even when I don't ask for it or deserve it. Aaron is the perfect encourager, motivator, listener, coach, companion, protector, provider, helper, lover, and friend. In two months, I'll be able to add father to the list. I am so thankful for the last six years and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with him.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BABE, I LOVE YOU!

This is the first picture we ever took together at a CCC camp in 2001. Even though we were just friends at the time, this is where it all started and I already knew I was going to marry him.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Baby shower #1

This weekend my mothers threw me my first baby shower. I was blown away by the generosity of everyone! Baby and I had a wonderful time and so I thought I would share a few photos from the event.

Gifts galore!



The cake




Opening the amazing gifts





My mom and Aaron's mom


The blankets: Aaron's mom made the fishy quilt and my mom crocheted the afghan


We feel so loved! A BIG thank you to everyone that came and to Jenni for keeping track of everything!

Friday, May 15, 2009

30 Weeks

I'm only 6 weeks away from being full term, yahoo! Not too much longer and we'll be meeting our little peanut. Here's a picture of me at 30 weeks. My 3rd trimester boast: the shorts I'm wearing are not maternity.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

For the Mothers

I just want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all of my dear friends and family members for their sacrificial service as mothers. You deserve it!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Amazing Coach

This is a tribute to my amazing birthing coach, my husband Aaron. Aaron and I have always had different ideas when it has come to medical treatments. I have always been more on the natural side of things and that is something he has never understood. When I first became pregnant, I began explaining to him my reasoning for wanting a natural birth. His response was, "If it were up to me, I would just get the epidural and be done with it!" This made me a little nervous and unsure about how things would work out when we got into labor. I thought either I would compromise or we would be at odds with one another-not something you need when your pushing a baby out!

I chose to use the Bradley Method(husband coached childbirth) for a natural birth, and although he was skeptical, he agreed to go along with it for me. We recently began those classes, and along with the classes are quite a bit of reading. Aaron has been reading feverishly and to my surprise is now completely on board with this natural birth! He has become passionate and excited about it and is now my advocate. While at the doctor's office last week, he told me he wouldn't ask any questions and just let me do the talking. He didn't want my doctor to feel tag teamed. But before I could get a chance to bring anything up, he was already shooting off questions at her. I have felt so supported by him lately, something that I haven't felt when it has come to medical choices. Every discussion that we've had about various topics has usually turned into an argument, so it feels so nice to be on the same page with my husband. We're doing this together!

Now that he understands the material, he coaches me daily. I'm always being asked if I've done my exercises and stretching for that day and we work on the relaxation exercises together when he is home. The other night we worked on simulating birth. He timed the contractions, I held my breath and pushed(well, I didn't really push). But he was amazing! All the positive encouragement and vocal cues were so helpful I feel completely confident for when labor comes. He is going to be a huge help and I look forward to working together to bring our beautiful child into this world.

*I'll share a funny story of something that happened the other night to show just how enthusiastic he is! We worked on relaxation after the birthing simulation. We thought it would be a good idea to squeeze different body parts during the "contraction" phase, giving me a distraction to work through with breathing. The first contraction he squeezed my hand. It kind of hurt, but I remained focused on breathing and relaxing my body. I was thinking to myself, "I'm a pro, I can do this." Well, the next contraction, he decided to squeeze my calve. Instead of squeezing the muscle, he grabbed just the skin and pinched so hard I screamed and ripped my leg away from him! I was close to tears and thought I would have a bruise from it. Aaron responds by saying, "I didn't squeeze that hard." Yeah, you didn't squeeze, you pinched! He felt pretty bad about it and said he didn't want to do that anymore. Thanks coach Kelley! I admire his zeal. It's pretty funny now.