Whoa!!!! Nine!!!!

Wow, what a year it has been! A year of good, bad, disappointment, and happiness.

- 2009 rang in with a year of promise, Andrew and I made many goals for this year.

- We celebrated one year of marriage in Charleston, SC at the beginning of March.
- A couple weeks later, we found out we were pregnant with our first little one... March 17th to be exact. :) Our due date: November 19th.

- On April 11th we lost our first little one. This was a sad, confusing time, but through it all we knew that God had an amazing plan for the two of us. This kept us going. There is not a day that goes by that I wonder what life would have been like if I wouldnt have lost this sweet soul...

- June brought in both of our birthdays, while July brought the promise of a new birthday in the future! July 8th we found out we were pregnant! Due date: March 17th, 2010!

- July, August, and even September brought excitement, masked by worry of another miscarriage, but we made it.

- We made it to the second trimester.
- In October, we found out we were having a son, Nathaniel Ray Downer, named after our Papaws.

- On November 19th, the day we were due to have our first little one, became of the happiest days of our lives. We became home-owners. We closed on our first home on this day. :)

- Then, we began the third trimester. Roundin' third and headin' home!!!

-November and December brought holidays, being with family, all excited about belly rubbing, feeling kicks, and the new little family member that with grace us with his presence in 2010!

What an exciting year 2010 will be!!! We are so excited for these coming months full of showers, and nursery planning, and nesting! We cant wait to meet our "little man" and we are looking forward to all of the other blessings God has in store for us in the coming year!

Month 7 = Squash

7 months down! We're almost there! We now start the months of showers, nesting, and baby-proofing! I'm soooo excited! This past week Andrew and I have both been off. We have cleaned out the baby's room and painted. Now we just have to put his furniture together!

Here's what TheBump says about Month 7: "Baby's now the size of a squash! Baby's energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath his skin. And since he's growing so fast (weight will triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb. What all this means for you: Get ready for some more kicks and jabs to the ribs."
I've been ready for all those kicks and jabs... here in the past couple of weeks, he's been crazy!!! I enjoy it sooo much! I love looking down at my tummy and watching him jump or roll across it. It's such a wierd feeling, but also soooo comforting to know that he's active and okay! Oh, and it's hilarious when Andrew lays his head on my belly and gets kicked in the face!!! haha :)
We can't wait to meet you little man... ♥


House Update

Here are some updated pictures of the new house!

I've left out little Nathaniel's room because it is still full of boxes... we'll get there one day! It will have to be soon because we are UNDER 100 DAYS! Wow! He will be here before we know it!

So there it is! It's not all completely finished, but we're working on it! We dont have much hung on the walls yet... since these pictures have been taken we have hung a couple of things, but not a lot. We are starting to feel "at home" though and we are so blessed to be there!


Our New House!

It dawned on me I haven't put up a picture of our new house! We are officially "in" but still working on getting everything unpacked and situated. When Andrew works nights and I'm pregnant and tired, things move quite slowly around here! But we're working on it! :)

Goodbye Papaya.... Hello Eggplant!

We're at a new veggie/fruit comparison!!! Week 25 marks the beginning of Month 6! Our little baby boy is now the size of an EGGPLANT! Getting bigger! I don't eat eggplant... I've tried Eggplant Parmesan once before and I didn't mind it, but eggplant is just a veggie i don't really get my hands on. I might just have to head out and get me some during this month!

Next doctor's appointment is December 18th. That's when I have the most enjoyable glucose test to find out if I have gestational diabetes... oh, and my shot of Rhogam... in the butt. fun! fun! After that doctor's appointment, we will start going every 2 weeks! We will also schedule our "fun scan" which is our 4d Ultrasound! We are both really excited about this, it's absolutely amazing what they can do and see!

Here's what TheBump says about Month 6: Baby's now the size of an eggplant! That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and baby's learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.


23 Weeks... and Recent News

Just a little update....

First of all, today is 23 Weeks! There's no "fruit/veggie comparison" because (as i said last week) they go by months now... so we'll be "a papaya" for a couple more weeks! I'm sure he's still growing like a weed in there though! I'm sure there are different sizes of papayas... The Bump says: "Baby's little face is fully formed...minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!" :)

A "big thing" that happened with the baby this past weekend is we felt him kick!!! I had laid down to go to sleep last Friday (22 weeks 2 days), and he got active, as he normally does. I was lying flat on my back and placed my hands on my belly and felt him from the outside. I had been feeling more kicks recently, not just flutters so i was definitely excited to feel him outside of my belly!!! The next day (22 weeks 3 days), after my mom and I got home from running errands, I laid down on the bed to rest and Andrew was able to feel him for a quick second as well! It was definitely an amazing moment to have him share in what I have been feeling from the inside. Not a minute later, we brought my mom in to feel and he decided he had shown off enough for the day... so she never felt him. But we'll get her soon enough! When I'm not laying down or sitting completely straight, I'm starting to get some pains in my upper stomach, below my chest. I guess he's made a little home there for the moment! :) It subsides when I lay down or sit completely straight up. Oh yeah, and I seriously can't sleep on my stomach anymore.... Boo. :(

We are scheduled to close tomorrow, November 19th, on our new house!!!! Everything seems to be in order as of tonight, so we're crossing fingers, knocking on wood, and most importantly... PRAYING that everything goes well and as planned!

It's really amazing how things work out. Tomorrow, our closing date, would also have been my due date for my first little one. How ironic is that??? Back on April 11th, when we lost the baby, there is no way that I could have figured out what kind of reason God had for taking this little one from us. I knew there was a reason, but I couldn't imagine what it could be. Would I give anything to have that child right now? Yes. Do I know that God had and has a plan for our lives, no matter what the circumstances? Yes.

And here we are... we're having a child. Just four months later. We will be in our new house. With space for a nursery. And an office. And a driveway for all of our friends and family to come see our new little man when he comes into this world. God has a funny way of doing things, but when you look at the big picture, you realize that things work out... in His way... in His time.


p-p-p-paya!!!! ...the 5th month.

From here on out, the "fruit/veggie comparisons" will be once a month.
For the 5th month, our little boy is a Papaya!!!

Here's what TheBump says about the 5th Month: Baby's now the size of a papaya! Baby's settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

here are some more belly pictures from the past couple of weeks :)


Here's what TheBump says about Week 21: "Baby's now the size of a banana! Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth)."
p.s. keep in mind this is done by length, not by total size of the fruit. so going from a cantaloupe to a banana... no, we are not getting smaller!!! :)


Ultrasound and "Gender Reveal" Pictures

Ultrasound Pictures 19 Weeks 6 days
Leg (bent, knee pointing left)
Head/Body (good view of spine)
looking at us!!!

Making my BLUE cakes!!!

Stop #1: My side of the family at Daddy's work

Stop #2: My cousin Ashley's work

Stop #3: Andrew's Family and some friends

Stop #4: Women's Hospital to see new mommy Jessica!!!
So glad we were able to work on the "cake gender reveal"!!! It was so much fun, even if we had to keep the secret for over 24 hours!!! It was kind of fun having a secret for a little while though!!!!