2 New Little Friends

I started my new job on Tuesday, September 22nd. I am now a nanny to 16 month old twins! Aidan and Leah are the son and daughter of my Uncle Scott and Aunt Jennifer's Pastor at Vintage Church. We are having a blast so far, the are both very social, so the transition to me taking care of them really wasn't a problem. They cry when their daddy leaves but have both gone to all smiles before he even gets out of the driveway... and then again, they cry when I leave in the afternoon too soooo.... :) I only keep them Tuesday - Thursday from 9-4, so it's not full time, but it's nice to have a little extra money coming in until the baby comes! I'm so excited and thankful for this opportunity!

belly pictures...

I havent posted any of these so far, and there really isnt that much to show... there is a bump that I can no long "suck in" but I'm also still holding strong below my pre-pregnancy weight. We had a dr's appointment today and everything looks great! The heartbeat sounds wonderful and though I'm losing weight, and still sick, the baby is growing, healthy, and right on track!


Orange You Glad It's Week 15?!?!?!?!?

Okay so the title to this post is majorly LAME but.... I couldnt think of anything better!!!

So, I forgot to do this yesterday... i got a new job as a nanny for 16 month old twins, and it completely slipped my mind yesterday!!! Here's Week 15!
Here's what TheBump says about Week 15: Baby's now the size of a naval orange! Continuing the march toward normal proportions, baby's legs now out-measure his arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably can't feel the movements just yet.


when life gives you lemons.... you're 14 weeks!

14 weeks! Movin' right along!
Here's what The Bump says about week 14: "Baby's now the size of a lemon! Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over his/her body for warmth."


Just Peachy!

Hello 2nd Trimester!!! You have no idea how excited and blessed we feel to be at this moment... the thought that we will make it to the end of this pregnancy with a happy, healthy baby is much more possible now that we have made it through the 1st trimester!!! We are so blessed to have made it this far!

I'm doing well, sickness is less and less.... still there, but much less than it was! Haven't felt any flutters yet, but it wont be long! We have a scan this Friday as part of a new "end of the first trimester scan" for downs syndrome and other mental disabilities. They do an ultrasound paired with blood work to check the fluid in the spinal cord behind the neck, which is much less invasive than an amniocentesis. I'm just excited to have another picture of the little one! We haven't seen him or her since 6 weeks and 2 days and the next ultrasound, if we didn't have the Friday one, would be at 19-20 weeks! That's a LONG time without a peek!

This is what The Bump says about Week 13: "Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords...savor this, their nonfunctional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with his head now only one third the size of his body. And intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy -- much more convenient."

Here's to you peach! Welcome to the 2nd Trimester!


A Plum is a Plum....

12 weeks marks the end of the first trimester! We are sooo excited and sooo blessed to be at this point!

This is what The Bump says about week 12: "As you move into the second trimester, baby shifts into the growth and maturation stage. After weeks in the critical development stage, almost all of his/her systems are fully formed."

here's to you, my little plum.... :)

Elevation Church

So this past Sunday, a group of 13 adults and 3 children went to a church in Matthews, NC (right outside of Charlotte, about an hour and a half away from Greensboro) called Elevation Church. It is one of the fastest growing churches in the nation right now. Throughout their 3 campuses there are over 5500 attendees and 11 opportunities per weekend to worship... yes, I said 11... 11 services, one Saturday, 10 Sunday. My dad and pastor went to a Stewardship Conference a couple weeks ago and the pastor from Elevation spoke. This is only their second Sunday at this location, but you wouldn't have known it when we got there. Everything was soooo organized. As we entered the parking lot (a strip mall shared by an Ashley Furniture Store and multiple other stores) we were instructed to turn on our "flashers" if we were first time guests. We were led to a parking space (4 from the front) and greeted at our car door by a volunteer. He led us inside, where we were looking to meet my dad and the rest of the group. Most visitors slip in the back and sit farthest from the pulpit.... well not here! We were led to the second row of the church and given VIP cards that had a DVD about the church with sermons from the pastor. We were treated as royalty the whole day, which was totally unexpected. When we filled out our connection card, we took it to a tent after service and were given a t-shirt. The pastor, while very contemporary, as the whole service was, had a very old-school, in your face preaching style. We visited this church as an "inspiration type trip." Our church, which has been in service for over 70 years, is undertaking a lot of changes, good changes. We are very excited for all that is in the works, but people need to be on board and excited with prayer, support, and encouragement. This church, while much more contemporary than our current church, was a true inspiration. It was a great worship experience.

The two videos: The first is just a bit of a song the band played during worship, the second is a part of Pastor Steve's sermon, 12 mini-sermons you should preach to yourself every day.