Friday, August 20, 2010

OB update!

Well we went to our OB on Tuesday. I was REALLY hoping we would find out the sex at that time, but she found the heartbeat without having to do a sono (which is ultimately a good thing since it means my bambino is healthy!). While Dr. Lowden was using the doppler on my stomach, we would hear the heartbeat and then hear a loud noise. She said the loud noise was the baby kicking at us!!

That really made this hit home for me. I mean yes, I get that I'm having a baby, but sometimes I forget or I just don't really think about it because I can't see it or feel it yet. But when she said that I was like, "HOLY COW!! There is a CHILD in there and it's moving and alive!!" Crazy.

Then her next statement started World War number 2 :) She said, "The heartbeat is low at around 140." Nick was GOING to ask her if that was TOO low or if it was ok so he said, "And a heartbeat of 140 means......." And she mistook his question and instead of saying whether that was healthy or not, she said, "USUALLY means its a boy!" And there was an instant grin on Nick's face and my eyes started rolling. Now, I'm sure since all OBs do every day is listen to baby heartbeats, they might have an IDEA of what it will be, but there's no ABSOLUTE certainty until you have a sono. And Nick said that of course he knew it could still be a girl, but I could see in his eyes, he'd already named it Tommy, dressed it in camo and signed him up for the football team.

But I must say, the smile on his face was enough to make me almost want a boy :) It was sweet to watch and I know no matter what we have, he's going to be such a proud dad! So we'll find out for sure what we're having on 8/30/10 and trust me, there will be a blog by the next day for sure!! I can't wait to find out and feel like this next week is going to draaaaaaaggg by.

Until the sono, Nick will continue to call the baby Tommy and I will continue to call it Tessa :) I told him if it is a boy, it might come out with a complex because I've been calling this baby Tessa since I found out I was pregnant and if it's really a Tommy, then.........I'm gonna have a hard habit to break! Also ever since I found out I was pregnant, EVERYONE has been giving me a hard time and saying it's twins. Then last night, I had a dream that I adopted twins while I was pregnant with twins!!! AGGGGHHH!!!! Now wouldn't that be scary?!? So who knows, maybe I'll find out I have a Tommy AND a Tessa! But at least after the sono, we can put that myth to rest :) More to come later!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


So just a short little blurp about my exciting trip to Dillons.

Now, I know you're thinking, "What on earth could possibly be exciting about grocery shopping?"

Nothing. There is NOTHING exciting about buying groceries and knowing you just spent money on something that you are going to eat and then eventually just turns into poop. Sorry to be gross, but that's just what it is. Essentially, when we buy groceries, we're buying poop.

 But I was my turn to bring breakfast to the staff meeting today, so I went grocery shopping a few nights ago. I decided to make these little biscuit muffins (and they turned out REALLY good!!). You just buy a tube of jumbo biscuits. Cut each biscuit in half and put it in a muffin tin, pressing it onto the bottom and sides. Brown some sausage and put a little bit of sausage in each "biscuit cup." Then beat a few eggs (like you would for scrambled eggs) and pour that mixture over the top. Sprinkle cheese on top and cook it for about 12 minutes and VOILA!!! Sausage, egg, biscuit and cheese in a muffin shape!! They were delicious. But I digress. After I got all my groceries, I put them in the back of the Jeep and was driving home when I heard this LOUD POP!!! Sounded like a gunshot, no lie. So I ducked and freaked out a little and then slowly came to my senses, realizing that none of my windows were shattered and I had NOT been shot to my death.

Then I tried to figure out what the noise was. That's when it came to me---my biscuits!! When I got home, there were biscuits all over the back of my Jeep! DANG IT!! I had to go buy more biscuits!! But it was pretty funny and I wish I would've had a video tape of my reaction to that noise, because I bet I looked like an idiot! Grocery shopping made a TINY bit fun :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Super Summer guessed it!! SUPER!!!

Well as some of you know, I took my youth group and about 12 other kids to Super Summer (a Christian camp in Salina) and it. Was. AWESOME!!! I wish SO bad all of our youth group could have gone, but at least most of them got to go. Let me just put this on the record though---if you're pregnant, do not and I repeat do NOT volunteer to be a sponsor for 14 teenage girls!!! Yes, I said FOURTEEN teenage girls! While it was one of the best experiences in my life, let me just tell you what our room looked like. Imagine a space about 20 feet long and 14 feet wide (a very small rectangle) crammed full with 8 bunk beds and 14 girls, each of whom (including me) brought at least two bags. Now thankfully, I claimed a bottom bunk, so there was no climbing involved, but the bunks were stacked so low on top of eachother that I had to ROLL in and out of bed because if I wasn't completely horizontal, I hit my head every time I moved. So I looked like Chuck Norris doing some kind of special horizontal round-house kick whenever I got in and out of bed.

Then, each of us had brought at least one grocery bag of food and God FORBID any of them get up to throw away the trash from that food. Instead, they used the trashcan as a basketball goal and surprise, surprise, they all suck at basketball :) I kid, I kid. But really.......there were candy wrappers, crushed cookies, water bottles, pop cans, sucker sticks, etc. all over the floor.


There's nothing like waking up at 6:00am and rolling off your bed onto a bag of cheez-its laying on top of some spilled soda. That's the other thing--did you note that I said waking up at SIX a.m?!?! Excuse me Jesus, but since when did it become a good idea for Your camps to start so early???? And lights out wasn't until MIDNIGHT! Don't these people know I go to bed at 9pm?? And you had to wait in line to shower and pee! Now, I know it sounds like I'm doing a lot of complaining, but these are the things that make camp memorable and I say them with fondness in my heart :)

 Now let me tell you about how AWESOME it really was!! We had about 75 kids at camp give their life to Christ and 3 of them were ours!!! Praise God! I got to see how awesome my kids were. I gotta tell you, I witnessed some pretty outrageous behavior among other youth group kids and if I wasn't impressed with how well behaved my kids are before, I certainly am now. They are so well mannered and truly seeking God and it just makes my heart so full and thankful. So if you are a parent, friend, sibling, etc reading this and you know someone in my youth group, take the time to appreciate how awesome they are! We had not ONE problem---no fights, no drama, no boy-girl stuff. It was great. And the Towanda Methodist youth group and the Baptist youth group went to super summer together and now they've decided to combine. So we had 12 kids at youth on Sunday! It was so great to see growth and teens who are excited for Jesus!

And I myself grew as a leader and as a person--I was convicted of a few things and am doing my best to change them. Rush of Fools was the praise and worship team and they were such a breath of fresh air! Praise and worship always gets me so happy and excited and of course, it makes me a cry. There's this one song called Hosanna and there's a line in there that says, "I see a generation, rising up to take it's place with selfless faith." Oh MAN, did that hit me hard!! Yes, this generation is harsher and cruder and louder and more advanced in knowledge of certain things that they maybe shouldn't know about yet at that age, but there are SOME kids who are CRAVING Jesus Christ and I got to see that and it just made me think how much more support and love they need. And I'm excited to get to be there for them. So although camp had it's hard ships, it was SO worth it and SO awesome and hopefully I will be going back next summer!!

On a side note, my baby is the size of an avocado this week :) Oh how fast they grow up!! It seems like just yesterday it was the size of a poppy seed!