Monday, June 28, 2010

Guess what...

I'm NOT in labor!! But I am completely okay with that! I am currently 3 days past my due date but it is not horrible. My body is just not ready and neither is Baby Conaway. As I sit and play the waiting game I thought I should take this time to update and catch you all up on stuff and just blog about random things!


As far as the pregnancy goes, let me share a few thoughts...I always had thought that pregnancy is a beautiful thing created by our Creator! And it truly is! How God creates our bodies to grow and birth babies is just simply amazing! I always thought I would be one of those to absolutely LOVE being pregnant...I like being pregnant but not sure I LOVE it - I LOVE what it is giving me and Jeff and that is Baby Conaway. Pregnancy is just different. Beautiful but different.

I am overjoyed to be carrying a child of God and forever thankful he has entrusted me to be this child's mommy. I decided early on that if God ever gave Jeff and I the ability to conceive children I would do my best to stay healthy and continue my workout routine etc. So, naturally once we found out we were expecting (I was training for a half marathon, but Dr. thought I didn't need to continue the training but I could continue running), I continued with my running and weight routines which made me feel good about my growing body. However, I must say for someone who has struggled with an eating disorder it has been difficult to watch my body change in this way. I have trusted God! I know that sounds silly because this is one time in a woman's life it's perfectly acceptable to be bigger. But this has been the biggest struggle. People think just because you were fit before that they can jokingly now call you fat and chubby and whatever else suits them. I have just silently prayed for those people. Anyway, I have had very little to truly complain about throughout this pregnancy and I praise God for that! There have only been mild discomforts even though I was on bedrest for two weeks! A few of those mild discomforts have been...experiencing pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands and currently lower back pain. I have been blessed throughout this pregnancy because God has been so faithful!

I am trusting in God's timing for the birth of our daughter. Lots of people think I am nuts to not want to be induced! I don't! I am content with waiting until my daughter and my body are ready for this process. I do not want to disturb the way or time in which God has already planned for her birthday! I am excited to meet her! So excited! I can't wait to see who she will look more like and to see if she will have dark hair or red hair after my beloved Grandma and my dad! I have lots of excitement and nervous anxiety about the birth and being a mom! It is my desire to bring my child into this world with as little medication as possible! The ultimate goal is drug free! We covet your prayers in this area for strength and perseverance!! God is faithful! I'll let you know how this all goes after it's all over with!

Funny story - yesterday while on our way to church I told Jeff the plan for a quick get-a-way if my water were to break while at church and he replied with this, "Okay, well uh are you wearing a diaper or anything?" Oh I died with laughter...I said "no, did you want me to?" He followed with "don't you think it would have been a good idea?" He is so funny!!

Baby Showers:

All I can say is that we have been blessed by so many people and never knew that many people cared for us so much and wanted to help invest in the life of our little girl! We were blessed with six baby showers and received so many precious and practical things...Jeff's favorite is the diapers! He said that is less we have to buy...funny thing is that he doesn't go buy the stuff from grocery store anyway! Funny! I love everything and am so thankful for the many blessings!


The nursery is COMPLETE!!! Finally everything is finished! And it turned out just how I wanted it! Check out the sneak peek, let me know what you think! This photo is without the wall decor because my parents have my camera attachment to upload the rest of the photos! Will do that soon!

Coaching Staff:

The GCT coaching staff has had a few additions for the upcoming football season! We are thrilled to bring in more coaches to add to the talent that is currently on the coaching staff! The four guys that have been hired, I feel like, are going to fit in perfectly with the rest of the coaching staff! Jeff is thrilled to get these young energetic coaches in to bring a new dynamic to the team. During the month of May, three of the coaches lived with us which was pretty fun but weird since I am pregnant. Let's just say, that's a quick way to get to know new coaching staff. It worked out well though.

I am truly sad to say that one of my dearest friends has moved to Arizona! I was hoping that I would have my baby before Kristin & Jason left Arkansas, but it didn't happen! I am just going to have to make a trip to visit! The great thing is that her mom & dad still live in my hometown and maybe we can see each other during holidays! I am happy for them for the great opportunities they are experiencing and that Kristin will be close to Stacy (her sister)! I am a bit jealous too because it sounds like a really cool place to live!

Well, next time I post it will be about Baby Conaway's birthday!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Getting close...

We are getting so close to the day we will meet our baby girl! We are currently 8 weeks and 2 days away! I can't believe I am this far along. I often look down at my belly in disbelief!
A lot has happened since the last 22 weeks I was put on 2 weeks bed rest to prevent labor. And a week after being taken off bed rest I came down with the stomach bug and a severe bladder infection and ended up in the hospital for a day! And I have been constantly sick and stopped up the whole pregnancy; however we are so thankful for all of it & trust God in & through it all. Also, we found out my sister is also going to be having a baby in September which we are thrilled about! Our kids will grow up together! She finds out this week what she is having!

We had our first baby shower in Springdale, hosted by some very sweet dear friends! And it was so great to see so many familiar faces we had not seen in a very long time! Jeff actually stayed for the shower to visit. Since he stayed my friend Blaire took a few photos of us that really turned out great! Here are a few of my favorites! And some from the shower.

We are blessed to have such great friends all over Arkansas!

Our next shower is in Paragould this weekend! Really excited about it all! I will post photos of nursery soon - still working on the finishing touches.

Until next time! Which I hope to be sooner than later!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Baby Gender Reveal

So I know I am so far behind with this blog and I have a lot to catch you all up on...

First off, on Feb. 11th Jeff & I had an ultrasound to find out the sex of our sweet baby. We went but we did not find out that day! We waited until the next day to find out with family and friends! It was so much fun - so here is how we did it!

I took an envelope to the ultrasound technician and asked her not to tell us the sex of the baby but to put the evidence (pictures) in the envelope for us. So, she did just that! Prior to that Thursday I had my friends and co-workers at school agree fill cupcakes with pink or blue icing then ice the top of them for me. I made the cupcakes Thursday night and placed a hole large enough for that oh so sweet pink or blue icing!

I decorated everything pink & blue and had a ton of fun doing it! I began to get a little anxious as I was decorating but mostly excited!

I had invited our families and a few friends over for the big baby gender reveal!

I asked those attending the get together to wear pink or blue so we know what their guess was! It worked out perfectly! Here are the groups of pink and blue.

Then once all arrived Friday evening Jeff & I stood in front of everyone and bit into our cupcakes to find out our baby's gender! My heart was pounding... here is us just before then moments after...

Jeff was super fast and found out first. I wanted to make sure I bit into the cupcake far enough to find out...I think I nearly bit too far into it! I had a mouthful & Jeff's reaction was priceless! We both were convinced it was a boy until we looked at the cupcakes and saw that it's a ...GIRL!!

It was such a fun way to find out with everyone what this little bundle of joy is! Our families really enjoyed it & our friends did too. No one could believe that we had enough willpower to not look inside that envelope! I sealed the envelope and wrote over the seal "Baby Conaway" so that I would know if Jeff tampered with it! But we were very busy moving on Thursday after the appointment & that kept us busy until the party on Friday! It was a busy few days that's for sure!
Until next time - which I hope to be sooner than later! I have a little more time on my hands now! I will explain that in another post!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

What's been goin on!

Alright! So a lot have happened since the last post, so I must catch you guys up on everything without making this post way too long!

  • First off - Jeff & his team won in the first round of playoffs! This was a big deal - it has never been done in the school's history of GCT football! Our first game was in Magnolia which was forever away but we came away with such an exciting victory and had an amazing fan base that traveled with us!
  • The second round of playoffs unfortunately did not have the same outcome! And ended up being a crazy night because as my family & I drove down to Monticello in Jeff's truck, so we could all ride together, we managed to hit a deer on the way home. But then Jeff got to stay the weekend with me at my parent's house so that was a good thing. This loss was very hard to take though. At least Monticello went on to win the state championship!
  • On December 19th 2009 I graduated with a Master's degree in Communication Disorders. This was a very big deal to me and I am so thankful God gave me the opportunity and ability to go back to school and get my masters! God has been faithful! My close friends & family planned a surprise bash for me which made me feel so special - thanks to everyone who helped!

  • And on December 21, 2009 I was officially hired at the Brookland School district as a Speech-language Pathologist! God is faithful!

And the biggest deal that has gone on since the last post is that we found out we will be welcoming a little baby into the world in late June! We found out in October and kept it quiet from public for a while to get to our first doctor appointment. In the mean time we told our families! And they have been beyond excited! Again, God is faithful!

So I am sure you are curious as to how we told our families. Here's the story...

I guess I should start with Jeff... I took a test on a Thursday morning and was in disbelief, so I waited and said absolutely nothing to him and hid the test. Then I took another one Friday morning. Just in case the test was positive I went ahead Thursday afternoon and bought a picture frame that said daddy on it with scripture and a baby pillow that has a cross on it that says "bless this child." Friday morning I took the test and it was of course positive. I decided since he had a big game that night against a really tough team I needed to go ahead and share the news with him. So I called him into the kitchen and told him I had a "good luck" gift for the big game for him! (Side note - earlier this same week we found out our friends Josh & Kate were expecting their 3rd child) So he opened his gift and said "why did you give me a gift for Josh?" I said, no it's for you... he said "for real" He was excited and told me "congratulations" I just laughed because he was pretty much speechless and was unsure of what to say! He was thrilled and still is! He will be one amazing dad!

The day after we found out we were pregnant Jeff wanted to immediately tell his family; therefore I had no time to plan! Jeff's sister, who just had a baby last June, was over and so was little Harleigh. We put Harleigh in Jeff's lap and I took a picture. Then his mom said "Jeff now don't you need one of those!" and so we ran with that line and I said "Yeah, I think it's June when he will have one!" Allison was just walking out the door to go run and heard me say that but thought if it's what she thought Jeff's mom would run out and get her before she left. Vicki(Jeff's mom) sat in disbelief, like - did I hear her right!?! And so all she could say was "really?" "are you kidding?" Then Allison finished her run and I told her I wanted to show her what I gave Jeff on Friday as his "good luck" present before the big game he had...she immediately said "dad, you're gonna be a dad! I knew that what you were trying to say when I walked out but was sure if that's what it was someone would have come to get me! This makes my day" They were all so excited, and there was still another sister of Jeff's to tell. Becky was at home and we all loaded up and went to her house! She thought something bad had happened; and we told her she was going to be an aunt again! She didn't know if it were me or Allison! It was great! She teared up and we all screamed and laughed!

After that - it was going to be a couple of weeks before we saw my family again, so we decided to wait to tell them in person! They met us in Batesville for our football game and I was just praying we won - and we did. It was a big win that put us in the playoffs. So after the game Jeff got in the vehicle with me, Beth, Mom & Dad. I handed them all bags that were the same size just different color and told them we bought them a gift for making playoffs! They totally bought it. I counted to three and they opened up the bags! Inside dad's bag was a picture frame that says best grandpa ever with a picture of a sonogram I printed off the Internet & inserted, inside mom's bag was a picture frame that says look who loves grandma and inside Beth's bag was a little tile that said Aunt's are the coolest. They opened up the bags and screamed then jumped out of the car and gave hugs! It was priceless!

Below are a few pictures from the baby reveal!
The above photo is the photo I took of Jeff & Harleigh the day we told his family!

The last four photos are the photos from the night of the reveal to my family! Can't you tell they were so excited!?!

Coming up next... the Gender Reveal!!!! We will find out Feb. 11th!

God is faithful even when I am not! Thank you God for all the blessings you have trusted me with! I am thankful!