Friday, January 23, 2009

A Name

I've loved the name Elise ever since I first met our dear friend, Elise Peter (who wasn't quite a Peter yet). And over the past 4.5 years since Kit and I first started dating and talking about baby names (yes, we did talk about them when we were first dating), Elise has remained a top choice. That said, I realized yesterday at the hospital that I couldn't remember what it meant. I looked it up once and didn't remember it being something ridiculous...but you have to make sure of these things before naming your child officially.

Tonight I looked it up and fell more deeply in love with the name...

Elise (French): Consecrated to God.

How beautiful is that?

Thursday, January 22, 2009


For the past couple of days, I've been having some uncomfortable hardening of my stomach and pelvic pains. This morning I awoke in horrible pain and had to go back to bed because I couldn't sit or stand comfortably. I called my doctor's office shortly after they opened, and they said to come in because I might have a UTI.

The UA only showed slightly elevated leukocytes and no UTI. So then the midwife (my doctor isn't in on Thursdays) said I might be constipated (oh joy) but needed to do a cervical exam to ensure nothing was wrong there. Though my cervix was closed (TMI I know, but someone probably cares about that fact besides me), she thought it might be shortened. So she sent me over the hospital where I spent the next 3.5 hours having non-stress testing for uterine movement to ensure I wasn't having preterm contracts, getting blood drawn and getting an ultrasound for "fetal well being and cervical length."

End of the story is that I'm apparently constipated (though I haven't noticed that I've gone any less than usual) and need to increase my fluids and fiber. Praise the Lord it wasn't anything else!

On the plus side, I got to see Elise again today. She's still a girl and was as adorable as ever. She had her little hands by her face and even posed for a cute side profile photo. I'll post the photos soon - all three are of the same pose but the gal's printer was running out of ink so she tried printing three times. Oh, and during the testing for uterine movement, she kicked a lot - some of which I could actually see moving the monitor and belt that were attached to my stomach.

This also means that I survived my first real trip to the hospital. I went to the ER once for a migraine but that's all my exposure has been. I even had my own room for those few hours in the labor and delivery portion of the hospital. I also got to ride on a gurney (felt super silly) from the maternity center down to the imaging center and then back up again.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Little Music Appreciation

Tonight the pug and I have been spending some quality time cuddling in bed while I look up various baby things online because I had a long day and am super tired. I have iTunes playing through random songs for a bit of a musical interlude. Ellie seems to appreciate the music. Nearly each time a new song starts, she kicks a few times. And then occasionally she kicks at key points during the songs.

Glad our little lady has a good sense of music appreciation already...or at least that I can pretend she does.

Monday, January 19, 2009

My Little Girl

It seems many pregnant women experience more intense emotions than they had before they were pregnant. While I did have a few extremely emotional moments in my first couple of weeks of being pregnant, I haven't been one of those women. Except in one area, which causes almost immediate tears nearly every time I think about it.

As I sit at my computer, having just finished getting ready--makeup and all--and cry, I find my heart softened for my little girl. But not just for her...

For the relationship I pray she one day has with Jesus.
For the true love I pray she finds in him.
For the joy I pray she experiences in knowing the King of World is also her eternal Daddy.
For the confidence I pray she has in knowing exactly who she is despite all the chaos and confusion around her.
And for the generation that I hope Kit and I are that leads her to this peace in her sweet Savior.

It's so easy to get distracted by "life" as it goes on around us, to forget to stop and pause before the Almighty. To worry who might read our blog and think we've gone off the deep end because we're weeping about our yet unborn child knowing the Lord.

But I want to stand before my Lord one day in confidence, knowing I lived a life that brought glory to Him. And that my little girl was able to follow in my footsteps. For I and she are nothing and have nothing without Him.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Little Goob

In case you haven't already heard, I am going to be a big brother! They don't let dogs in doctor's offices unless you have special training so I couldn't go in for the ultre-sound appointment today. Mommy, daddy and grandma went though and...

It's a girl!

P.S. I won't be sharing my snicker-poodle-poos with her.

P.P.S. I forgot to announce her name: Elise (Ellie) Laine.

A Slight Delay

A multi-vehicle car accident has closed 1-5 South on which my mom is traveling to be here for my appointment. So she's stuck. Praise the Lord (a) that she didn't get on the road as quickly as she had planned or she might have been involved in the accident and (b) that my doctor had an appointment this afternoon that we could switch to. So the countdown is out further by 4 hours and 45 minutes. That means that in approximately 5 hours and 12 minutes we'll be seeing our little one!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

One More Day

In approximately one day, 3 hours and 20 minutes, we will be starting our appointment!! Can't believe it's already almost here!

On another note, Kit made Coco some homemade dog treats called Snicker-Poodle-Poos on Tuesday night. Coco will have to tell you all about them later; he's slightly obsessed.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

21 Weeks

21 weeks today! Yippee! So excited and loving being pregnant - minus the exhaustion part. In approximately 2 days, 3 hours and 24 minutes, we will be beginning our appointment to see our little one again!!

Yesterday I was walking something into my boss' office and walking rather expediently while turning a small corner; then I sneezed. I've had pains in sneezing for some time now, but I'm usually sitting, standing in place, or realize it in time to stop moving. This time I didn't, and boy, did it hurt! I had to lean, hunched over, against the tall counter for quite a few extra moments before the pain subsided. I'm so amazed at what a different being pregnant makes on your body. So interesting.

On another note, I've been feeling the baby's hands moving lately in addition to it's feet merely moving (not just kicking). Love it!

Monday, January 12, 2009

3 Days, 14 Hours, 9 Minutes

In approximately 3 days, 14 hours and 9 minutes, we will be seeing our little one for the second time! I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On another note, I'm fairly positive my belly has grown/changed quite a bit in the past two days and officially become a pregnant belly. Last night a gal at church whom I haven't seen in a while said to me in the bathroom, "I didn't realize you were pregnant!" To which I mentally responded, I didn't realize this was going to be such a wonderful and momentous night! She was officially the first person who didn't know I was pregnant who said something to me about it without me mentioning it first!!

And then this morning at work, in a meeting with folks I haven't seen since late November, one of the men said, "Emily, I think I missed an announcement." To which I verbally responded with great pleasure that he had noticed and told him of the incident last night. One of my bosses then said to you, "You're lucky she's not just putting on weight." I'm just glad folks are getting past the "Is she just putting on weight?" stage.

Finally, this afternoon three people said things like, "What happened to you since the last time I saw you?" and "You just popped out over the weekend." Praise the Lord that I finally look identifiably pregnant!!!

Here's tonight's picture alongside Saturday's picture.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Baby Bump

Here's my most recent baby bump photo. I've decided that it's awkward to try to stand facing one direction while looking sideways and trying not to make your body look strangely contorted. Ah well.

On Friday we'll get to see our little one again!!! We're very excited! My mom's coming down for the ultrasound; it'll be wonderful to have the two most important people in my life there to see our newest family member. And we're hoping the baby will be cooperative and let us know whether s/he is a boy or girl. Phew, I'm stoked!

Friday, January 9, 2009

A New Look

Dad's been telling me for a while that I should get an argyle sweater. Seeing as how I'm getting older and much more refined, he said it would help with my image. On New Year's Day, mommy found a great sweater at a shop in Cannon Beach with Grandma. Check me out...

This is my pondering pose.

This is my obedient pose.

This is my shy, seductive pose.

Monday, January 5, 2009

A Little Kicker

Kit says I haven't posted recently enough so here's a quick one (though I have a couple of others I've been meaning to do as well). Our little one has been kicking quite a bit lately. It's so fun to have this secret little kicking going on where no one knows about it other than me unless I tell someone.

On my mom's birthday (January 1st), Kit felt the baby kick for the first time. He's been trying for a couple of weeks, but the baby had always stopped moving each time he'd try to feel. It's been a bit strange actually, especially given the fact that the baby kicks Coco all the time when he's lying next to my yummy. Kit made the most entertaining face after feeling it - part genuine smile, part wrinkled face that said, "That felt more like gas than a kick." I found the entire moment quite hilarious. Shortly thereafter, my mom felt the baby as well.

I'm still not to the point where anyone who doesn't know me says anything to me about being pregnant (based on appearances), but I suppose that day will come soon. Lots of people look at my belly (and then look away embarrassed if they see me watching them). And most people to whom I mention being pregnant say, "I was wondering..." Kit did tell me the other day at the store very matter of factly, "You do look pregnant, just so you know." Little did he know, it meant a lot. :)

Well, I need to get to bed. I was going to hope in bed 30 minutes ago.