Monday, December 25, 2006

30 Weeks!! Merry Christmas!!

I feel like I am on the last leg of my pregnancy journey. I get more nervous and excited every day. I just can't wait to hold precious Hannah in my arms and know she is okay. Today Josh and I had our hopefully our last Christmas just the two of us. We had a very relaxing weekend sleeping in and enjoying each other's company. We opened presents for quite a long time today. Hannah got many presents too, even though she is not here yet!! Sweet little baby girl, you will not go without!! I wanted to put a picture of my favorite Christmas present she received. It is from her Grandma and Papa and it is the sweetest cutest little Sunday dress and shiny black shoes! Baby girl clothes are just so much fun! I can't wait to see her in it!! Thank you Grandma and Papa!
I go back to the doctor next week. Please pray everything continues to develop correctly and is right on or ahead of schedule. Merry Christmas! Love, Josh, Joanna, and Hannah

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

29 Weeks

Not much to update you on since the last post. Hannah has been moving more than ever. Yesterday was just so funny. It seemed like she wiggled every second! I love feeling her move around because it helps me to know that she is doing okay and is healthy. I still do not have any test results back about my diabetes. Hopefully by the end of this week I will know something. Josh and I are looking forward to Friday! Friday starts a five day Christmas vacation for both of us. It has been such a long time since both of us even had more than one day together work-free. As much as we can't wait for Hannah to get here, we plan to enjoy our last Christmas just the two of us here in our cozy little home. This will be the last sane moments before all the craziness happens at the start of the new year.
Please continue to pray for sweet Hannah that she would grow and stay strong and healthy!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ultrasound and Doctor Visit

We saw the doctor today. I had my diabetes test, you drink the sweet drink and one hour later have your blood drawn. I guess they will notify me in a couple of days the results of the test.
While we waited the hour before my blood was drawn we had our ultrasound. Hannah kept putting her hands in front of her face so we couldn't get a good look at her. Such a stinker already!! In the picture to the far right the downward slope is her head and bump out is her nose and mouth with her hand right up there like she is sucking her fingers! Her little knee and leg is the other bump you see. So cute! They said she weighs about 3 pounds and for her "age" is in the 68 percentile. Which means she is bigger than 68% of other babies her size. I was so glad to hear that news. It just doesn't seem possible that I have a 3 pound 15 inch long baby inside me. My belly just doesn't look big enough. So here is our sweet baby having a such a good time in her Mommy. Keep praying she will develope correctly and continue to grow right on schedule!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

28 Weeks

I am behind in writing for this week. Not much new has been going on in the way of my pregnancy. Hannah has been moving a lot more and the other night Josh was really able to feel her moving around!! He kept poking just the right spot and she would kick back. We go to the doctor tomorrow and I will have the diabetes test, ultrasound, and doctor visit. I will update after our appointment!
Keep praying for sweet baby Hannah!!

Monday, December 04, 2006

27 Weeks

I am at 27 weeks and have 10 more to go until I am full term. This means anytime after February 13 I could have Hannah at ANY time!! I am getting a little larger, Hannah is taking up more and more room inside. According to websites I will start to really get big over the next few weeks. Hannah is just over 2 pounds and yesterday she started to give me powerful little kicks and elbows that hurt. I guess she is running out of space. Sometimes when she moves into different positions my belly is so tight and stretched. I have to poke her to get her to move back to a better position.
Saturday I had my first shower. It was so pretty and PINK! I got lots of nice things, but the cutest present I belive were these itsy bitsy newborn diapers!! They are so cute! Josh said he didn't know how his big hands were supposed to be putting such a small diaper on a little person. I guess we'll find out. =)
Please continue to pray for my health and rest. Also pray for Hannah that she would continue growing on schedule and her heart would continue beating strong.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

26 Weeks

Here I am at 6 months! This week I start my 3rd trimester - which is just so crazy. It seemed like it took forever to get into my 2nd trimester and now I have flown into my 3rd already. I only have 14 weeks to go until I meet my Hannah!! Maybe less! I went to the doctor yesterday. I had to see a different one again - this doctor was really nice and answered all my questions. After talking with her about some weird throat symptoms I have been having she thinks I have acid reflux. It is safe for me to take Pepcid AC, so when I get my symptoms again I am to take that to see if it helps... hopefully!
Thanksgiving was lots of fun. We had a great time in Northern Alabama with family. We brought home strapped to our car a single bed and a dishwasher. It was quite a sight. We made it home fine and everything is in one piece. We set up the bed in Hannah's room for company and overnight visitors when she is born.
I do go back on December 14 for my diabetes test and another ultrasound. I am excited to have another ultrasound and see more pictures of Hannah. Please pray for sweet baby girl that she would continue to grow healthy and strong, and that her heart would continue to beat.
Exciting times are on their way!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

25 Weeks

Hannah will get to experience Thanksgiving dinner this year but only from inside Mommy's womb. She loves it when I eat. Shortly after I eat food or snacks she starting wiggling around as to say, "Thanks for the food! Now I have energy." =) According to research I have done Hannah now weighs about 1 lb and 9 oz and getting bigger everyday. I will rub my tummy and talk to her in quiet moments at home or when I am driving. Next Monday afternoon I will have a monthly checkup. I am hoping at this next appointment to get an ultrasound scheduled for 2 weeks later and also my diabetes tests. (This is supposed to be done about 28 weeks) More updates next week! Happy Turkey Day!

Monday, November 13, 2006

24 Weeks

Week 24! There is not much new going on here. Hannah has been kicking more often and stronger, but not strong enough for Josh to feel yet. He had his hand on my belly when she kicked twice and I asked him, "Did you feel that?" He said he couldn't feel it, so we will wait! My belly is getting bigger, and I will have to post a 5 month picture soon. Hopefully before Christmas I can also post more pictures of Hannah!! We'll have to see when the doctor schedules me for another ultrasound. They will have to check on the location of the placenta.
Please continue to pray for me, that I will not worry so much about my baby girl. There are so many changes going on with my body I never know what is "normal"!
Please pray for Hannah, that she would continue to grow strong and all her organs would develop correctly and in the right location. Also pray her heart would continue beating strong.

Monday, November 06, 2006

23 Weeks

Last Tuesday I turned 24... man how I am getting old! I had a good birthday. Josh and I had errands to run and then went out to dinner with my brother Wade and his girl friend Jennifer. Overall it was a good day and I enjoyed having it off from normal work.
Miss Hannah is doing great. She is kicking more and more everyday. Sometimes quite hard! Josh still hasn't been able to feel her yet, but mainly just because she never kicks in the same spot long enough for me to get Josh over to feel. He is being patient to feel her kicking.
We went and got some pink curtains for her bedroom, also the pink paint to do some accent daisy type flowers on the walls. The room is already getting filled with baby stuff and I love passing by her room. I can't wait until she is in there!! =)
Not much else going on here. Josh has about 3 more weeks of school and both he and I can't wait until he is done!

Monday, October 30, 2006

22 Weeks

Today I had a doctor's appointment and they told me everything looks pretty normal. There is still traces of blood in my urine from the UTI but the doctor also said it is very commom just to have that in pregnancy.
They would like me to get a flu shot, but when I asked the lab I was told all the shots had been given out and they were waiting on a new shipment. Oh well! I guess we'll see what happens in the next few weeks.
We were able to hear Hannah's heartbeat again. She kicked me right as the doctor put the monitor on my belly. Somehow she knew what was going on!
I will go back again to the doctor in four weeks (at 26 weeks - right after Thanksgiving) for another checkup. At that point they will schedule me for the next visit (at 28 weeks - in December) to have another ultrasound and also diabetes test done.
Right now the biggest challenge is to drink 60 oz of water or other fluids everyday. Whew!
Please continue to pray for sweet Hannah and her health and growth.

Monday, October 23, 2006

21 Weeks

There is movement! The middle of last week I felt Hannah moving around. I was laying on the bed just resting and I felt a thump inside of me. I knew it had to be Hannah! She kicked around a few more times and I just tried to remember exactly what it felt like so I would know the next time it happened. I have felt her everyday since then. Yesterday at church she was kicking around during the music. I told Josh she must really like the singing. =) Usually she will be really active for about an hour or so and then still for about 3 or 4 hours. (I'm guessing she's sleeping...) It has been really cool this week to begin to feel my sweet baby moving around. I tell Josh when I feel her moving and now he is getting jealous and wants to be able to feel the kicks from the outside. He has to wait about another 7 weeks...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

20 Weeks

I am now half way along! I went back to the doctor yesterday because I was concerned about discharge I was having. The first part is that I have an urinary tract infection. So I am on a medcine for the next week to clear things up. The other discharge is me loosing bladder control!!!!! Oh my. On the up side of the visit, Josh and I were able to heart Hannah's heartbeat again. It had been two weeks since we had last heard it and then the Lord allowed us to be able to hear it again halfway between the monthly appointments. =)
I started working on Hannah's baby album by doing a few page layouts and putting in her first ultrasound pictures.

Friday, October 13, 2006

My Picture

Well here is the promised, not-so-flattering-picture of me. This picture was taken a couple of days ago at my 19 week mark. (or 4 months) I did some research and when you say you are "3 months" or "6 months" it is different than saying weeks. Weeks are figured from LMP but your "1 month" mark begins at 5-8 weeks. How did they come up with this system? I don't know!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

19 Weeks

19 weeks and possibly half way through my pregnancy. (depending on when I go into labor) I have been feeling sick this week, mainly in the mornings, but not quite throwing up. The doctor is pretty sure this will last the rest of my pregnancy. Feeling sick does make me rest more and put my feet up, which have been good for me. I am just getting so tired of constantly eating! When you don't feel good you don't want to eat... but for me if I don't eat I feel even worse. Whoever thought eating would be such a chore. =)
My waistline is expanding and rounding out. We finally got the digital camera charged up again (it has been dead for over a week) so we will have to do a side shot view some time soon. It really isn't flattering to take a picture of yourself standing sideways, but it would be nice to have a comparison later on in my pregnancy to see how much I have grown.
I have been having a little more energy in the evenings. I have been making and freezing cookie dough for Christmas etc. I am also starting to plan ahead as I would really like to host Christmas again this year (hint hint Dad - you guys can all come up!!) as I won't be able to travel that late in my pregnancy but still really want to see family.
Josh is doing well in his classes and is caught up on school work. Last week he had a good relaxing week and caught up on much needed sleep. I keep wondering where my week of sleep and rest is?! Well, I think that is all for now.
Please keep praying for the placenta to grow upward and in the correct location. Please also pray for my sweet Hannah that she would continue to grow healthy and strong.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Placenta Previa

Placenta Previa is the medical term for low lying placenta. This is what was discovered at my ultrasound this week. I have attached a link below for you to read more about it. I think it helped me some to do this research. Please pray I would be in the 90% of women whose placenta "fixes" itself by the 3rd trimester. We know that God can move the placenta to the correct location and will watch over little Hannah in her mommy's womb.

Target Registry

I have gone online and started a gift registry for Hannah. You can click this LINK and it should take you right to the registry page. At this time it only contains crib, changing table, and bedding etc. I believe everything can be purchased either online or in the store. Girls are so much fun!! =)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


BABY GIRL!!!!!!!
We went in for our ultrasound today. I drank lots of water to make sure we could get some good pictures, but my baby girl didn't want to move around too much. She kept waving her littler arms at us, but she wouldn't lay on her back for us to get a good profile picture or anything like that. We did get a good view to see the "3 lines" indicating she was a girl! Poor Josh knows he is in for a lot of pink and girly stuff!! We are both very excited. Our baby girl with a due date so close to her Grandma Jackie's birthday is a special gift from God and we can't wait to meet her! Here is a 3D picture of Hannah Jacqueline waving hello. I know she can't wait to meet everyone!!
On another note, please pray for my placenta as right now it is sitting low and the doctor is a little concerned. She said that some women have this, and because it is still earlier on in my pregnancy the placenta could easily "slide on up" to where it should be. I just need to watch for any bleeding over the next few weeks as that could be a sign there are more problems. Please continue to pray for my little baby girl that her heart would continue to beat and she would continue to grow right on schedule.
Also pray that at my next ultrasound in about 10 weeks the placenta would be in the correct location.

Monday, October 02, 2006

18 Weeks

I am at 18 weeks this week and growing bigger! According to my research baby should weigh about 8oz or 1/2 a pound and is about 8-9 inches long. Tomorrow Josh and I go to the doctor and will have an ultrasound!! I am so excited and nervous. I want to see that everything is growing good! Either boy or girl, the news of a healthy growing baby is the most important for both me and Josh. I thought I was over my morning sickness, but then yesterday I was sick twice... I will talk to the doctor tomorrow and see what she thinks. I have been having more overall energy. So this is a good thing.
I helped out with an evangelism crusade over the weekend in Taylorsville, KY. (About 45 minutes away) My title was stage manager and was in charge of more than I thought I would be. It was fun to have all that power. =) I had to run around a lot and my feet and legs are killing me! It was good I had enough energy for the crusade. I enjoyed being behind the scenes and making sure everything was organized and in its place.
I will post a picture of the ultrasound in the next few days along with the results. I also need to post a picture of my growing belly.
Please pray for good results tomorrow and for my baby to be healthy!!

Monday, September 25, 2006

17 Weeks

And the survey says...
5 votes Boy
6 votes Girl
I guess it's pretty much a toss up. We have about one week to wait and find out the true answer. I have been feeling a little better this weekend. I had some dizzy spells and felt light headed. I have also been having more cramps and stretch pains. I called the doctor's office this morning because I was so worried about the dizzy spells. The nurse said it is most likely because I have low blood sugar levels. She said pregnant women who wait more than an hour between food can get dizzy because of low blood sugar. This means I need to eat and drink more, and include some sweets to help keep my blood sugar levels normal.
Please pray for my little baby that the heart would continue beating and that organs would continue to grow in their correct positions. Continue to pray for me, my health and diet. These pregnancy hormones are just way out of wack! I have been on an emotional roller coaster. I have been depressed, stressed, overwhelmed, and feel so angry and irritable most of the time. This does not help when Josh is trying to help me around the house.
Join with us as we cautiously and anxiously wait for the ultrasound next Tuesday.

Monday, September 18, 2006


I want to have a survey to see who thinks it will be a boy or a girl. Click the comments link below and write in BOY or GIRL in the comment box with a short note (if desired) then click the "other" button and type in your name (web address not required) then post your vote!
Survey results will be posted in a a week.

16 Weeks

I went for my 16 week checkup today and saw the doctor. We heard the little heartbeat and it was so strong. It sounded like a gallopping horse. =) I have been concerned I haven't been eating well enough or drinking enough, but after talking with my doctor she is fine with my diet so far - and knows it's hard to eat so much when you are sick! I still have been having morning sickness, although the throwing up it is a little farther in between each other. There has not been the "switch" to change from sickness to energy. Hopefully soon!
We did get the ultrasound appointment set! Yeah! On October 3rd at 8:30am we will have the ultrasound to find out the gender of our little baby.
Keep praying for my little baby to stay healthy and to continue to grow strong - despite all his/her Mom's sickness.
Love to all, Joanna, Josh, and Baby Tillman

16 Weeks

I went for my 16 week checkup today and saw the doctor. We heard the little heartbeat and it was so strong. It sounded like a gallopping horse. =) I have been concerned I haven't been eating well enough or drinking enough, but after talking with my doctor she is fine with my diet so far - and knows it's hard to eat so much when you are sick! I still have been having morning sickness, although the throwing up it is a little farther in between each other. There has not been the "switch" to change from sickness to energy. Hopefully soon!
We did get the ultrasound appointment set! Yeah! On October 3rd at 8:30am we will have the ultrasound to find out the gender of our little baby.
Keep praying for my little baby to stay healthy and to continue to grow strong - despite all his/her Mom's sickness.
Love to all, Joanna, Josh, and Baby Tillman

Friday, September 15, 2006

A Clean House

Today after work my brother Wade and his girlfriend Jennifer are coming over to the house to help clean and take care of the lawn. I am so excited!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

15 Week Update

I have been slack this week writing my weekly update. I am 15 weeks this week and show no signs of feeling any better. I am still exhausted and fall asleep almost every evening on the couch at 7 or 8pm! I am still throwing up. (3 times yesterday) I am taking the medicine the doctor gave me, but it only works on the food you eat right after you take it (main meals). Poor Josh is really getting burned out with work, school, housework, and taking care of me. He said yesterday three of four times, "We need a maid or a houseworker, I can't take it anymore." I just don't know what to do. I have no energy. What energy I do have gets pulled out of me at work (because I have to) and the house is left in just ruins. It is getting discouraging. If it is going to be like this the whole 9 months (and the doctor said it very well could be) I don't think we will survive.
Please pray for Josh and all the stress he is under with work and school. Pray I will come out of my "morning sickness" phase or God to provide a solution to the housework strain. Lastly, continue to pray for the baby, that the heart would continue beating and the baby would be healthy and strong.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

14 Weeks Dr Appt

Today I am reassured again. We went to see the doctor (I had LOST a pound... all this morning sickness!) and we were able to hear the baby's heartbeat. In the past it was a small woshing thumping sound, but today a strong thumping heartbeat - such an awesome sound - filled the room. It was so great. I told the doctor if she had any concerns at all, even if she thought they were minor to tell me because I had to know. She felt around my belly and said everything looked to be good and growing and feeling great. I feel bigger! I can tell my belly is growing more and the baby is moving more up in the middle of my "belly".
My morning sickness continues as Zofran has left the picture. "Evil Bile" as I call it fills my stomach overnight and I just can't help but throw it up. (awful - I know) Once I do that I feel better. The doctor gave me this new prescription (don't remember the name) and it is supposed to help your system to digest better and not leave sour bile in your stomach (thus the puking). I hope to get it filled this evening after my Seminary Wives class and try it out in the morning!
Please continue to pray for my baby and the heartbeat as well as the development of organs.
We have about 4 weeks until we find out boy or girl! =)

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

14 Weeks

Monday I hit my 14 week mark. I am still overly tired, throwing up, and sick. The medcine I have been on has now worn off and I can take it and still feel awful. I am hoping the sickness ends soon.
On Friday Josh and I drove down to Jacksonville and were there for the weekend. Saturday we went to see my Mom's grave and put new flowers on. I also went through family pictures to find photos for the "grandma" album. I need to start on that sometime soon. We had an enjoyable time with both mine and Josh's family. All of us got together at the Tillman's house on Monday for Labor Day and had a big cookout. It was really hot, but fun. Man I forgot how hot Florida can be! It was in the 90's most of the time, and at night it was still in the 80's. This morning when I woke up it was 65 degrees here! What a difference.
I go for a doctor appointment tomorrow. I can't wait to hear my baby's heartbeat again. I get so nervous from week to week. Hopefully we can schedule the next visit to have another ultrasound to find out the gender of the baby! I'll update hopefully tomorrow to let you know how the appointment goes.

Monday, August 28, 2006

13 Weeks

I am here at 13 weeks and trying to figure out when I am going to be over this whole tired morning sickness. I have been better as far as the sickness part. I am still taking the Zofran, to come to work, but I still feel tired most of the time. I think it is wearing off a little bit. Which would be great.
Josh and I leave for Jacksonville on Friday. We are going back for Labor Day weekend and I can't believe that it has been a whole year since we have been to Florida. This Saturday will be the one year anniversary of my Mom's death. I want to see her gravesite and spend time with family. As a memorial to her, I am going to begin a mini scrapbook called "about my grandma" and put things my Mom liked, and pictures of her with us. This will help our children get to know a little about the grandma they won't get to meet until Heaven.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

12 Weeks

I was so nervous going into my appointment today. When Josh came into the room, (we had to drive separately) I started crying. I was so glad he was there and just wanted to hear good news from the doctor. My doctor was very comforting and we talked over a few questions. She assured me there would be no bleeding from the exam (I was worried - I had heard you could). After all the poking and prodding she got out the doppler to try and hear the heartbeat. It took a few minutes (my baby likes to wiggle around) but she finally found the heartbeat, and then lost it again (baby moving). We found it a few times and the last time it was really good and strong. Yeah! We are going back in two weeks (September 7) for another check-up visit. I am glad she is willing on seeing me again soon. (sometimes they make you wait a month between visits) I think that is all the news for now - thank you all for praying! Keep on lifting our baby up in prayers!! (and Josh as he is still working hard in school and work)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

11 Weeks

I have now made it to 11 weeks. Over the weekend I did really good and didn't feel too sick. I guess I had too much to do. But now today I have been really sick ... maybe there is something linking work to being sick... =) I went and filled my prescription for nausea medication. It is some new pill that melts in your mouth. It works for 8 hours! I think I finally feel it starting to kick in, which is great. Thank goodness for insurance because otherwise it would have cost me $40 a pill!! Wow.
My brother Wade and his girlfriend Jennifer moved up over the weekend and will be attending Boyce this fall. Classes started for Boyce College yesterday and Josh has already attended two classes, including Hebrew!
Not too much other news here. I go to the doctor one week from today to hear the heartbeat again and have my 12 week checkup. PRAY!!!

Friday, August 11, 2006

10 1/2 Weeks

Well despite me throwing up on the way to the doctor's office we had a good doctor's visit. They used the doppler in the room and we were able to HEAR the little heartbeat! I was really cool. That's all the news I have for now. Thanks for all your prayers, and keep praying!!
Joanna for the three of us! =)

Monday, August 07, 2006

10 Weeks

Let me update you on our lives the past few days. On Wednesday Josh called me at work to say he had been offered a job promotion. The job promotion would be awesome for us and allow me to stay at home once the baby is born. For him to accept the job he would have to be back from our already planned vacation by Monday at 10am for special 4 weeks of training. This was a problem because we had reservations on a cabin until Wednesday. We called the cabin rental company and they allowed us to move up the vacation days and also cut it short one day (full refund) for Josh's job training. My work allowed me to shift my days off and off we went Thursday morning! I called the doctor's office about my appointment and they would only let me cancel my appointment, not reschedule. It was so hard to say no to a doctor appointment, but we did cancel and I have to call this week to reschedule. I am hoping the doctor will be able to see me. I have been only sicker with my morning sickness, and have not had any bleeding so we are hoping these are good signs. Vacation was relaxing but also hard on poor Josh as he had to take care of his sick wife. Josh is such an awesome husband!! I will keep you all updated, keep praying!!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

9 Weeks

It has taken me a long time to have time to sit and write more for the website. Josh and I had a very busy weekend. My Dad and his friend came for a visit and we ran all over town doing this and that. It was really good to see my Dad and visit with him.
As an update on me, I am doing alright. The doctor visit went great on Thursday. The ultrasound lady went into great detail explaining things around our baby. The placenta is forming nicely and at 12 weeks will take over feeding the baby. We could see the little heart beating, the spine forming, little arm and leg buds growing. So cute! Our little baby is only about an inch to an inch and a half long, but already has so many changes going on in his/her little body. I go to the doctor again on Thursday. We will not have an ultrasound, but the doctor said she will bring the dopler in and we can LISTEN to the heartbeat. This will be the first time we will get to HEAR. I am very excited and nervous at the same time. There is a chance that everything will be fine, but the dolper won't be able to detect the heartbeat because the heartbeat will be too faint. If this is the case I hope the doctor will order an ultrasound to assure us everything is fine and healthy with the pregnancy.
Please continue to pray that our baby will grow healthy and strong and the heartbeat would keep beating away. Love to you all!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

8 Weeks Doctor Visit

Well, I had my appointment today. I was at the doctor's office for a long time just because I had my ultrasound, then saw the doctor, then had my history appointment. Above is my baby 8 weeks and 2 days old. =) You can see the baby is up-side-down. You can see the little head and arms and legs starting to grow!! Yeah! More news to come later.

Monday, July 24, 2006

8 Weeks

I have made it to the 8 week point, and am getting more nervous all the time. I go to the doctor on Thursday for another ultrasound, doctor appointment, and history appointment. My Dad is driving up this weekend and I am praying nothing goes wrong at this dr visit or I will be very lousy company. Also we leave next Friday for our 3rd year anniversary vacation and if I have a bad dr appointment next week my vacation will be horrible too. I know I am probably thinking too much, but I just so badly want to get past the first 12 weeks of worry and through my pregnancy to have a healthy baby! I pray everyday for a strong heartbeat and for the baby to continue to go strong and healthy. Please continue to pray with me for a strong heartbeat and a healthy growing baby.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Doctor Visit

My doctor visit yesterday went good. On the ultrasound we were able to see the heart pumping away on our little baby. We saw the doctor too and she was very pleased to hear I did not have any spotting. She things the pregnancy is going very well, but I will see her again next week just after 8 weeks along when I go for my history appointment. I am glad they are keeping a close eye on me and the baby because it helps my fears every week when I can see the heartbeat.

Monday, July 17, 2006

7 Weeks

I have reached the 7 week mark! I have 5 more weeks of feeling yucky. It has been a tough week. I have felt sick to my stomach most of the time. The thought of saltine crackers and plain water make me sick to my stomach. I am working past the water issue. If I drink it with a little juice mixed in or a snack like Goldfish I can handle it, but I cannot even look at those saltine crackers - YUCK!
I had 2 of my cousins from Alabama visiting over the weekend. We had a lot of fun. We went to the Newport on the Levee and I got to pet a shark! The shark petting is what convinced Josh we had to go Newport Aquarium in the first place. It was tons of fun, but I am tired from all that walking!
I go to the doctor tomorrow morning for another ultrasound and visit. I am praying to still see the little heartbeat thumping away! Keep us in your prayers!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

A Sweet Prayer from a Friend

Dearest Abba, Please oh please take care of Joanna and the little one inside of her. We know and believe that you have placed this baby there, and pray that you would hide them in the Shadow of Your Wings and that there would be no harm to her body or to this little one. You know this baby's frame and that this baby is fearfully and wonderfully made. Guard Josh and Joanna with your peace and with many many prayers from the saints. Please comfort them and help them
and uphold them with Your righteous right hand. Please Lord, even though it is so humanly difficult, please help them not to be afraid. You are good Lord and all you do is right. Please may Your Name be made great in these circumstances, as you continue to grow this little one, let it be Your will. In Jesus Name.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

My 6 Week Doctor Visit

Well I went to the doctor today for
my 6 week appointment. I was so nervous on the way there. I was shaking, crying, breathing hard. Really I thought I might have a nervous breakdown waiting to hear the news. We went a little early and sat in the small ultrasound waiting room. They called me back and I was a little bit more calm sitting in the chair preparing to see the image on the screen. Of course the nurse has to check around everywhere and look at how your body etc is doing. Then she zooms in on the sac and little baby inside. Then I see the little boo-boop boo-boop. The flash of the little heartbeat! This realved my fears, (but at the same time I have seen the heartbeat before and things have gone wrong) and I was much more at peace. The doctor said everything looks really good. I am measuring at 6 weeks 3 days. She wants to see me back next week just to keep a monitor on things. I am totally fine with this news because I would be worried if I had to wait too much longer to see the baby heartbeat again. Thank you for your prayers and continue to pray for the crucial weeks to come!!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Six Weeks

Here I am at six weeks! The farther along I go the more nervous I get. I know how quickly things can go from okay to very bad. I am still on for my doctor's appointment on Wednesday at 1pm as long as nothing terrible happens between now and then. Apparently, the hormones I am on can make you dream alot. I have had some bad dreams and some good. All have felt so real (I don't usually dream like this at all.) especially the one where I was bringing my new baby home. I even commented in my dream, "I am so glad this is not a dream!" But it was. Also, the hormones can make you feel depressed more easily too. I have been feeling down, sick, hungry, but not hungry, tired, yucky, sore, bloated, etc. It is not nice feeling this way, but it is part of the pregnancy process and I am fine to keep feeling this way. If those symptoms go away it can only mean bad things. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining about how I feel. I know it will all pay off in the long run and will be worth it for my baby. But it is hard not to worry. I have been finding more and more quiet moments for me to pray for my baby. Sometimes I don't even know what to say and all I can do is think in my head, "God, you know how I feel. You know what I want so badly..."
Please continue to pray for a growing healthy baby(s) to be born on March 10, 2007 without any complications or problems!!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Moving Right Along

There is not much to report here. Josh and I had a great 4th of July. We slept in and relaxed most of the day. It rained on and off so we really couldn't do anything outside. I did get a call from my brother Steven that he had proposed to his girlfriend Laura and they are now engaged! =) Yeah! They are planning on a July 2007 wedding. Then, I got a call from my cousin Chrissy last night saying her boyfriend, Will, had proposed and they are planning on getting married May 2007! I am going to have two weddings with close family members next year. This is really exciting. =) As for me I am still having pregnancy symptoms and feel like I am moving right along. I am just so nervous about next Wednesday!!

Monday, July 03, 2006

5 Weeks

I have now hit my 5 week mark in my pregnancy! I am going to the bathroom every hour. I guess it is all the extra water I have been drinking. I barely made it through the whole church service yesterday before I had to run to the bathroom again.
I got out all my maternity clothes over the weekend. They are all a little big, but hey, I am pregnant so why go ahead and start wearing them now. These are clothes I won't mind getting bigger to fit into. =)
There is not too much else going on with us. Josh and I both have off tomorrow for 4th of July so we are going to have fun at home relaxing and hanging out together. It will be a nice break in the week for me (Josh has off Wednesday and Thursday too).
9 days until we get to see the heartbeat!!

Friday, June 30, 2006

End of June 4 1/2 Weeks Along

Wow, I can't believe that it is already the end of June! We are half way through the year already. Today marks 4 1/2 weeks into my pregnancy. I haven't had anymore sickness since Tuesday, thank goodness. I just am not going to be able to eat pizza for awhile. =)
Josh and I looked at bedrooms last night and talked about decorations, placing of furniture, and other baby stuff. It was fun and I liked seeing Josh excited about planning ahead for baby.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Doctor's Appointments

I talked to the doctor's office today and put a note in for the doctor to see me sooner than the 12 week checkup. I received a call back this afternoon and the doctor wants to see me at 6 weeks (July 12) and I will have an ultrasound and checkup at that time. We will be able to see the heartbeat and see how he/she is growing! I can't wait to see the little heartbeat! Hopefully the next two weeks will go by quickly.

Brand New Start

On Sunday I asked Josh if I could go ahead and take a pregnancy test. He agreed and then we waited the 3 minutes. Josh wanted to look at the stick first. He looked at it, didn't say a word, and then showed it to me. I couldn't believe I was seeing TWO lines. This meant for the 3rd time in a year I was pregnant again. I was very excited in that moment. I have decided to tell everyone EARLY so they can pray for me in this journey. I need everyone to cover my pregnancy and baby in prayers and let God know that we want THIS baby to be here with us on earth and born in March 2007. Please join us on this journey, and check back often for new postings.


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