4:00 fire face, right on cue!

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This is a big week for Mini Me or He! Our baby’s heart starts beating!!   I can’t get over how complex the development already is, despite the fact that its only the size of a APPLE SEED! The beginnings of the brain; the cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems; as well as all other major systems are under way.  Baby’s new digs—the amniotic sac and the placenta (aka the hotel and the restaurant)—are still forming at this point. (Feel free to send a housewarming gift.)

I already am thinking about him or her every second of every day.  Today I went to Michaels and bought cute little picture frames to decorate with “I love my Grandma and Grandpa”… I’ve decided that this will be how I tell my family that we are expecting.  In the frame I am going to write a note that says “Insert a picture of your grandbaby on 11/6/2011 (The baby’s due date). We will see who catches on first.  We know we are going to tell our families first before we tell our friends, but it is SO incredibly hard to keep such a huge secret!

I can’t get over how tired I am all the time, and I feel like my heart is going to beat out of my chest.  My face also gets so hot, like its on fire hot, around 4:00 pm everyday.  I have no idea what that is all about.  I think s/he’s playing games with me already.  Today, out of habit, I ended up in line at Starbucks, and by the time I got to the counter to order I realized that I could not have the usual- Grande Skinny White Chocolate Mocha, No Whip…I ordered a strawberry smoothie instead.   Ian is also trying to go caffeine free (for moral support), but he gets this look of disgust on his face when he orders lemonade instead of his beloved Mountain Dew.  (Between you and me, that’s my favorite part of the meal).

We have had a list of baby names saved on our computer for 6 months now… I’m sure we will add to it, delete, edit, and modify a million times- but as of right now, here are some of our faves:

GIRLS:

Charlotte Harper

Giana Adair

Sofia Rose

Scarlett

Blake

London

BOYS:

Gavin Royce

Caleb Isaiah

Govrey

Bram *Abraham*

Landon

Oliver

Our little poppy seed :)

So even though we only found out we were pregnant two days ago, it turns out I am already considered to be 4 ½ weeks pregnant because doctors consider the first day of your last period as week one.  Go figure!

So- Apparently, our angel is due to arrive around November 6th!

I made my first prenatal exam with Dr. Green for March 18th.  The receptionist was the first person I got to tell.  I couldn’t help but have a huge smile on my face when I told her why I needed to see the doctor.

I am beyond excited to tell our parents that they will soon be welcoming their first grandchild into the world.  Ian has had to pry the phone out of my hands multiple times in order to keep me from not calling my mom and blurting it out.  We want to tell everyone in a very special way- since it will be the first child of the next generation on both sides.  Next Friday, (the day of my first doctor’s appointment) we are all flying out to Las Vegas for Cason’s surprise 21st birthday trip.  I think we are going to make the big announcement at dinner.

I can’t believe how hard it is to wrap my brain around this new reality.  God is at work inside of me right now!  It’s amazing to know that all of these obscure symptoms that I have been experiencing over the last few weeks have been because I am pregnant!

Baby’s Length: Less than 0.25 in.

Baby’s Weight: Less than 0. 25 oz.

Baby’s Size: Poppy seed

My Wife is Amazing!!

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There are no words to describe how much I am looking forward to being a father. As men, we are taught to be strong and constant, allowing our family to live without fear of the future. As I’m sure anyone in my position will understand, I am in uncharted territory during the first 8 weeks of this pregnancy. I must maintain a realistic vision of the future so that if, at any time, I am asked to provide support and reassurance, I can do it with a large measure of reality. When your wife looks deep into your eyes and asks you if everything is going to be OK, the answer must be yes, and it must come from a place deep inside that knows it will be. For one of the first times in my life when I look back at her and say,”everything will be just fine beautiful” I know it will be. Marriage is a wonderful thing, it is a time when a man can (often unknowingly) forget himself and become part of something greater- a family. (Please forgive the spelling and punctuation, my wife hasn’t checked it).