12 weeks and growing!

So we got to see our perfect little baby a couple of days ago, at my 12 week check-up!

At first when I got called back, I was able to pay the $10 to get a copy of the ultrasound and it was so amazing to see this fully formed baby now on the screen, instead of the little blur we saw a few weeks ago! His/Her heart was just a fluttering away, at a rate of 154bpm, and he/she was just kicking away!

We decided to not do the genetic testing early on (unless something was to appear abnormal on the ultrasound) and the sonographer did what is called NTS known as Nuchal Translucency screening which is:

The nuchal (say “NEW-kuhl”) translucency screening is a test done during pregnancy. It uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of the fluid buildup at the back of the developing baby’s neck. If this area is thicker than normal, it can be an early sign of Down syndrometrisomy 18, or heart problems.

This test was performed during Lamar and Rochelle’s sonograms early on to detect that there was a problem.  Both of their measurements were thick, which led us to find out more about them having Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13.

The results were almost immediate and the sonographer stated the measurement was 1.4cm and said that the baby was in the “normal” range(which is <3.5cm I believe) for a healthy baby!

I was have this overwhelming peace throughout this pregnancy that I have never had  before.  God is protecting us and this baby wholeheartedly and it just amazes me each and every day that I have another child of His growing inside of me! I am so glad to see how God works each and every day in this baby’s life and story.

I will leave you with the two sonogram pictures that we got, and just wanted to let everyone know that we will NOT be revealing the gender of the baby the entire pregnancy, due to the fact that we are waiting until delivery to find out the gender!

***Thank you to everyone for your sweet prayers, and your kind thoughts! Please keep them coming, we have <28 weeks until we meet baby Johnson!***

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9 weeks + a heartbeat

 

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On June 27th, I had my first OB appointment since the confirmation of pregnancy was determined.

It was so surreal to start back to getting my labs drawn, having an ultrasound, and then having an exam from my OB.  It doesn’t seem that long ago since we got pregnant with Rochelle, but so much has happened in the mean time that it kind of slipped my mind!

My OB scheduled my appt. early in the morning knowing that I would be there for quite some time, since I had to get all the “initial stuff” done.

After I was called back and had to get my weight, give a urine sample, and get my labs drawn (took them 2 sticks.. I am a very hard draw), and then I got to wait for the exciting part!

Seeing my baby on the ultrasound machine was utterly amazing.  I just couldn’t believe that, that little blur on the screen was the life that God has blessed us with.  It is just so amazing to know that God chose me to have the chance to carry this little blessing to life, and I can’t wait to see him/her grow! (Oh and to make things a little different this go around… we are waiting to find out the gender until birth)! At my clinic they won’t let you hear the baby’s heartbeat until after 12 weeks, but the heart rate was 153 and I was so excited to see it beating away! After I got a couple of cute keepsakes of the baby, I was off to go see my OB.

After meeting with OB, and discussing plans such as where I want to deliver, talking over all of the testing options for the baby, and just the overall health of where everything looks right now, I was very happy that things were going well at this time.

I do know that this is VERY early to some people to be showing off our good news, but God blessed us with so much more than we could ever imagine, and this little blessing deserves to be documented on and talked about and prayed upon already ♥♥

I hope everyone everyone has a great rest of the week, and I hope to update many more times this precious life inside me and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our future!

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Relaxing (or at least trying to) in Port A.

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This past weekend all Brielle wanted for her birthday was “to go to the ocean”. Well, we made that happened and my parents booked a trip for all of us to go to Port Aransas from Fri-Sun.

I am going to break down the hotel we stayed at, the restaurants we ate at, and some of the best and worst of times during our weekend visit!

On Friday afternoon, after waiting in the LONG ferry line and finally crossing over to enter Port Aransas, we went straight to our hotel (Beach Gate Condos), and started to unload/unpack all of our cars and talk about dinner plans!

Friday night restaurant: We ate at San Juan Restaurant and it was delicious authentic mexican food! I had the most amazing chalupas I have had in a while.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it very well, and it had a lot of options for the kids to choose from.  Down side was that it was VERY noisy and did not have a lot of room in between the tables for high chairs.

Adventure #1 Paradise Pond behind the restaurant–so pretty, could definitely take some pictures of the scenery there! It was so beautiful! Down side: The mosquitoes were CRAZY bad and we all got a few not so pleasant bites!

Hotel Swimming- It was so nice to have heated pool and a cold pool, especially since our kids tend to freeze pretty easily! We chose to spend most of our time in the heated pool, but of course there is a down side to everything.. and it was definitely the fact that I kept getting other peoples hair ALL over my arms. So gross!

Saturday Morning Breakfast: We ate at the Island Cafe which had AMAZING food and were HUGE portions! 1 pancake could fill you up! When the waitress warns you “you should probably get 1 of anything, because the portion sizes are huge” you should take their advice.  I had pancake, and oatmeal and it was so delicious! Down side: When you order oatmeal, the toppings (brown sugar, raisins, milk) come in VERY tiny cups, and you should ask for a few of each if you wanted it to be a decent portion!

Adventure #2 Beach– we spent the entire afternoon out at the ocean with winds approximately 55mph, so that was an adventure in and of itself, but so so fun! The kids laughed, played, and built awesome sand castles (that got swept away), but it was just the perfect relaxation time!

Dinner Saturday night: Seafood and Spaghetti Works had over an hour wait (and no room to wait inside the restaurant) but the food+ the salad bar was SO delicious and worth the wait! Shane got this Double meat, bacon, avocado cheeseburger and finished it ALL! It was crazy good though, so I am not surprised!

Adventure #3 Birding Center–Which was VERY stinky (right next to a water treatment facility) and the smell didn’t leave until about half way on the bridge to the birding center! My parents took us there to go see some alligators, but there were NONE in sight. So shocked and surprised! Downside: There is NO shade and it was very hot out. They did have a viewing deck/observation deck but the stairs were VERY steep and I was kind of scared to have all of my kids go up and down them.

Sunday Morning breakfast: Drive through Restaurant San Juan(same as the first one) on the way out and had the most amazing breakfast tacos!! We would highly recommend them!

Overall, it was a GREAT weekend, with lots of new and fun memories made! We will definitely know better with what to do next time we go though!

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We survived the first week!

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Well you must read this post in order to understand that we just received a newborn foster baby, making our total to 6 kids and this past week has been kind of a blur at times (don’t ask me for a specific detail at a specific time, I might not remember).

Usually when most people are pregnant, they have 9 months (or more) to prepare for newborn-hood.  We all know that the last trimester when you are literally carrying around a basketball, and can’t sleep, and have to get up and pee all.night.long is preparing you for a newborn keeping you up around the clock.

Shane and I decided that I would be the one getting up all night since I stay at home and Shane would need more sleep for work, and let me tell you.. it sounded good initially, but me and sleep have become long lost friends.  I know this phase doesn’t last long, and it’s so different formula only feeding a baby since I did half breast/half formula with my own.

But even though nights are long, making the days seem that much longer, I am loving every moment of having a newborn around again.  Getting to love on her, to know her likes/dislikes, to know how and what to do to console her sweet precious heart when she cries, is the best thing in the world.

Of course my hands are full, but so is my heart.  The good times definitely supersede the bad, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this precious baby girl and I am so glad that God saw fit to make us her guardians during this time.

I will attach some pictures (of course her face is blurred due to privacy rules/regulations per foster care).

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