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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wonderful News about our sweet Mamie!

Taylor and I met with the specialist for our ultrasound this morning. I was surprisingly calm. Taylor was a little on the edgy side which really caught me off guard. He has been so calm and reassuring since the beginning of this. Dr. Chatelain is such a nice doctor and totally made us feel comfortable. He first checked Mamie's brain and we were so happy when he told us that the chorid plexus cyst had disappeared. Everything looks great with her little brain. He proceeded to check every little inch of her body and she received and A+. Ya'll I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me. We thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. God has been so good to us. Sorry I am a little late on posting. The day kind of got away from me :). All of you that have emailed and called today. WOW! I can't tell you how much that means to us. We are so blessed to have such caring friends. -Sarah

Monday, February 23, 2009

Can't Sleep

Well it is now 11:10pm and I am usually way asleep by now. Not
tonight! I don't know what my deal is but I am WIDE awake. I have
been sitting here propped up with my AMAZING U shaped pillow that
Taylor got me from Relax The Back trying to figure out my new online
gallery for the past ah................4 or so hours. WOW I just
counted that up. Man that is crazy. Mamie has been kicking way. I
am glad to know that I am not the only one not able to sleep right
now. So just a minute ago I shuffled around a bit and changed my
position. Well that made Taylor, who has been dead asleep for the
past 2 hours shuffle around a bit as well. While scratching his arm
he whispered in this soft voice "Idiot," (pause.......) "dog
shit"..................... ah yeah I could not stop laughing. Who is
he talking to? And this totally reminded me that this talking in his
sleep thing has been happening a lot lately. I just haven't been able
to remember because usually he wakes me from my sleep doing it and I
have to nudge him and we both go back to sleep. Last night he was
talking pretty loud in almost full sentences. I can't remember what
he was saying but it is alway totally off the wall. I am still
giggling about the whole idiot, dog shit. I wish he would say
something else. Mamie, your daddy is a weirdo :) LOL

Taylor you always have a way at making me laugh even when you are
asleep. Love you!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

19 Weeks

I am a little behind on posting since I was in Vegas all last week for a photography convention. What a crazy week I must say. There were a ton of photographers from all over the world. 7 of us from the Love Affair workshop met up and spent the week together. It was so great to see all of them. Taylor took me to the airport Sunday morning around 5:30. Which means I woke up to get ready around 4am. Yea! I am so not a morning person so this totally sucked. But I wanted to get to Vegas early to meet up with girls. So, I rushed through the airport and I was there just in time to load the plane. Perfect right, well not really. Everyone was still standing around and we were soon told that there was something wrong with the plane and we would be delayed till 9:30 which would make me miss my flight in Houston AHHHHHHHHHHH! So I sat there for 4 hours and read some magazines and played on the computer. What an awful way to start my trip. I was already so tired. When we started loading in Houston they called all first class seats which where 1-5. I looked down at my ticket and I was row 5 seat b. I swear I heard the angels singing. I had a first class ticket. Thank you- thank you- thank you. As soon as I sat down in my oversized chair I snuggled down and grabbed a pillow. The trip from Houston to Vegas was 3 hours and I planned to sleep the whole time. Well, while all the coach peps filed in to sit in their small uncomfortable chairs I all of a sudden felt a little thump in my stomach. And then another and another. OH MY GOSH!!! I was feeling Mamie for the first time. She must have been telling me how much she liked first class :) Hee! Hee! No really- It was so amazing. I about freaked out! There was no one there for me to tell except for the man who was snoring next to me. I wiggled around in my chair grinning from ear to ear. What an amazing feeling! I swear I was so excited I could have jumped up and announced it to the whole plane. We took off shortly after that and sleeping was the last thing I was thinking about. The snoring man finally woke up and I struck up a conversation with him. Heck, we were going to be sitting together for the next 3 hours why not make a friend :) He told me all about his family and I told him about mine and that my husband and I are expecting our first child in July and she kicked me for the first time just a minute ago. He was so nice and we had a lovely conversation. I did finally calm down and rested my eyes for a few minutes. :) Isn't that so funny. I never thought I would be that way but the emotions and excitement you have when you are pregnant are so powerful. Vegas was a lot of fun. I miss my girls so much. We plan on making a trip to Santa Fe next year to hang out. It seems too far away. We are all so different but yet have so much in common. I truly believe that our friendships will last a very very long time. We were all like little girls when we saw each other for the first time. Waving our arms, jumping up and down, squealing. :) We had a great week together. One of the classes that I went to was Amber Holritz. All I have to say about her is WOW! She totally opened my eyes to staying true to yourself and your photography. She shoots a lot of lifestyle babies and families. I felt like I connected with her and her style on so many levels. I love documenting those special moments between people- especially a baby or child and their parents. Those moments that you will look back on years later and grin because you remember when you did those things together and your child can look back on them and see how much their parents love them. Before I went to her class I was really debating if I should try to 'set up' shoots. I was really having a hard time with it. It just didn't feel right, it just isn't my style or how I wanted to shoot. Going to Amber's class truly opened my eyes to the fact that I am doing things just the way I want, even though I love some of those posed shots. They are so sweet and adorable, it's just not my style. I feel like I work best in the candid unique and simple moments. Anyway, Amber played a little slideshow of her work . Ya'll... I had a huge lump in my throat. I hardly could even see the screen because tears had completely filled my eyes. They were so beautiful! So special. One image she told us about was a client who told Amber about her husband's love for kissing their baby's hands. The thing was he did it when most people weren't looking. While Amber was there photographing they were moving to another room. The husband leaned down to kiss the baby's hand and Amber swung around and captured that moment. Oh My... it is the most adorable picture I think I have ever seen. Anyway, I will quit blabbing on and on about this, but I really want to thank Amber for hitting me in the head with "just being yourself" and photographing what you love. Thank you- thank you Amber! Okay so back to the pregnancy- I am 19 weeks. Feeling good and loving being pregnant. Here is what baby center send us about our growing baby. Thanks for checking in on us! -Sarah Hello, Sarah! Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces, and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. The hair on her scalp is sprouting. This is a crucial time for sensory development: Your baby's brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, taking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you. >> Read more about this week

Monday, February 9, 2009

18 Weeks

I am 18 weeks today and feeling good.  We had a really nice weekend.  Friday I went to see Dr. Lei and I plan on seeing her ever week for a while.  She said my circulation was not very good and so she is working on that and my stress level.  I feel very calm right now and am not letting myself worry about this cyst.  It is all going to be okay.  I thought I felt Mamie moving around when I was laying on the table with needles stuck all in me but I am really not sure.  I hope to feel her soon if not.  I know she is moving around in there.  She has always been kicking around in my ultra sounds. :)  

I ordered her bedding on Friday and can't wait to get started on the nursery.  I am hoping Karen (aka Mimi) will help me with the drawing of the tree and birds on the wall :)  I haven't asked her yet but she is an amazing artist.  

We have had tons of people commenting on how much they love our name.  So many people know or have family with the name Mamie.  I think that is so cool.  I actually had a friend from Sunday school email today saying her husbands grandmothers name is Mamie.  We think it is going to fit her so well.  

I leave for Vegas on Sunday and I can't wait to see my photography friends and catch up.  It should be an interesting week.   I will try to blog while I am there.

So anyway, I am 18 weeks today and here is what baby center say's Mamie is up to this week.

Hello, Sarah!

Head to rump, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, although he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thank You!

Taylor and I wanted to thank you all for your emails and calls
yesterday and today. We did some research yesterday and talked to a
few doctors and we are very hopeful that Mamie will be okay. It seems
like this is very common and almost all of the babies that we read
about are just fine. I am at peace with all of this news and I truly
believe that all is going to be okay. Yesterday was for sure a hard
day but I can't tell you how much that means to us getting all of your
words of encouragement. Thank you thank you!
- Sarah

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Our Appointment

Hey Guys,
Well we just got out of our appointment. We had an ultrasound
first thing and Mamie waved at us a couple of times. I woke up
feeling not so well this morning and thought I might loose it in the
ultrasound. But all was okay. :) She is right at the weight she
should be right now which is 7 oz.

After we finished with the ultrasound we meet with Dr. Sellers. I
really love having him as my doctor. He is so calm and doesn't make
us feel rushed or anything. He told us that I have a low lying
placenta which he hopes it will float up when I get bigger. If not I
will have to have a c-section. He also told us that Mamie has a cyst
on her brain..... he said he is not going to get all worried right
now. We scheduled an appointment with a specialist for Feb. 26th. He
wants to wait till I am 20 weeks and hopefully she will have absorbed
the cyst, then there will be nothing for us to worry about. It has
been a pretty hard morning for us. We are just so worried about our
little baby girl. Dr. Sellers said this is common and hopefully it
will just go away. We would really appreciate all of your prayers
these next 3 weeks.

I just scheduled an appointment with my acupuncturist for tomorrow
afternoon. I will feel better after seeing her. Then it's up to
patience and prayer until the 26th.


Monday, February 2, 2009

17 Weeks

I am 17 weeks today.  I know I probably say this every week but I can't believe how the weeks are flying by.  I have my big doctors appointment on Thursday.  I will have a 30min ultra sound and then I will see my doctor.  I can't wait to see our little Mamie again kicking around in there.  

Here is what she is doing this week
- Sarah

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

Mamie's Nursery

So I think we found the bedding for Mamie's nursery. I LOVE it so
much. As soon as I saw it I knew that was what we had to get. It
reminds me of when I was growing up. :) I think it is going to be so

Now the walls are going to be a soft pink. Not this terrible harsh
yellow. We will have a white bed skirt, white crib and my old
changing table that I hope to get refinished to an antique white. Mom
has an old wooden rocking chair that I am going to also have a pillow
made for it and put it in the nursery. Behind the crib Britney and I
are going to draw a big tree and have a few little birds sitting on
the limbs. AH I can't wait. I think it is going to be so sweet. As
soon as we start putting it together I will take some pics and put
them on the blog for you all to see.