Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Song for Our Baby Girl

My husband just made his first edited video (you should watch it before you read this), and I couldn't be more proud! I think it's pretty good for a first-timer with PC capabilities, right?!

The song you hear is one of my all-time favorite songs. It's sung by a guy named Will Hoge, and I was pretty much obsessed with him in high school and college. Anyway, in college I thought about framing the words to this song and giving it to a friend of mine who was expecting a little girl. I never did, and last night these words came back to me as Jeramie and I shared our excitement over having a girl. Needless to say, it will definitely be framed now and hanging in OUR nursery!

Here are the lyrics to what you heard on the video, as well as a few other verses that didn't make the cut:

May the sunlight find your face
Even when the rain does fall
And get back on your feet again
Every time you slip and fall
Keep your heart wide open
And always taking in
And even when it's broken
Be strong enough to fix it up again

Oh little baby girl
Sweet little baby girl
I wish I could hold your hand in this great big world
Oh little baby girl

And I hope your hands are steady
And never need to make a fist
And I hope that when you're ready
You get one never ending kiss
And I hope that deep inside of you
There's a sweet eternal song
And I hope the words are pretty
And that you'll always sing along

And I hope your friends are many
And your laughter's always loud
To help you when you're lonely
And pick you up when you're down
I hope your eyes shine bright, love
And learn to see the light
Take the time to listen
Decide yourself what's wrong or right

Oh little baby girl
Sweet little baby girl
Be strong in this great big world
Oh little baby girl

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...

Today's big appointment revealed that Jeramie and I are having a healthy little girl!! We are SOO excited and I think Jeramie is already smitten :) Seeing our baby on the screen made everything so much more real. She was moving around like crazy and we were just amazed by what her body is already doing!

Here are her stats:
-Measuring at exactly 18 weeks
-1/2 lb.
-146 BPM

I am so thankful for our little miracle; we are truly blessed! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from today:

The picture on the left is a shot of her looking directly at us. I've always thought these looked kind of spooky; what do you think? The picture on the right is her showing off her crazy flexibility. Yes, that is her foot resting on her nose/forehead area!

This one shows off a little bit of her dramatic side. About 3/4 of the way into the ultrasound she threw her little hand up to her head as if to tell us she's worn out and has had enough :)

And here I am a few days past 18 weeks. Here's to being almost halfway there!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Business of Being Born

About a week ago my good friend, Paige, recommended a documentary for Jeramie and I to watch called The Business of Being Born. It's all about utilizing natural birthing methods and being monitored by a midwife/doula vs. an OB. There were many parts of this film that I really connected with, and others that I didn't feel so strongly about. I would suggest that any woman who's pregnant, has been pregnant, or plans to become pregnant, watch this film and form your own opinions about it all. There's definitely a lot to take in!

Many of you have probably heard me talk about my desire to have as natural of a birth as possible. Now, this doesn't mean that I plan to leave the care of my OB and set-up shop in my bathroom, but I am very interested in going the non-medicated route. Long story short, I took a class in college that really challenged the way that I thought about giving birth. What I learned then has really stuck with me and is very present in my thoughts now that I am getting ready to go through this.

I've gotten many different reactions to my "birth plan" and it seems as though most people view my desires as a way of trying to be "more of a woman". Very few seem to understand my true intentions and thoughts. It's not about being better than anyone, prideful, or even ignorant. I just believe that, as women, our bodies were built to handle this. If, for some reason, we can't then we're very blessed with modern medicine to help us along.

I definitely have a lot to think about over the next few months. I feel as though this film has awakened all these thoughts at once, and now I'm working to process it all.

In other baby news, I felt our little one move for the first time tonight! I'll be 18 weeks tomorrow, and we go on Monday for our big ultrasound. I'll be sure to post an update after our appointment!
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