I can honestly say that this is the happiest I've ever been. Has this pregnancy been easy? No..that story is for another day, but it's all worth it. I'm totally in love with my husband, and I have the sweetest, smartest, and most well-behaved child I know! This is an exciting time for us. Today I was hurting, so I decided to try to just sit in the recliner with my laptop and rest. This video is what resulted from that! Every time I hear this song, I think of my relationship with Jason. It hasn't always been easy for us. We've dealt with so much in the last ten years, but I wouldn't trade anything for my time with him. I am absolutely blessed beyond measure!!!
I must have a sign on my belly that says, "Please..stop and give me advice. I REALLY REALLY value your opinion as a stranger in my life." Why is it that when you're pregnant, people feel the need to say things they would NEVER say to you otherwise? What's even sadder is that they don't have to be strangers. When I was about 8 weeks, I told Jason, "Man! I'm getting a little tummy." Jason's response..you ready? "Yeah and your hips are getting big too!" Seriously? A lady at work asked me one day how far along I was. I told her that I was about 9 weeks. "Wow!" she said as she began rubbing my belly. "You shouldn't be THAT BIG at 9 weeks!" Again, I ask, SERIOUSLY???
And then there's my family who so graciously pointed out some things that I should give up for the next nine months. Caffeine, sweets, stress...oh wait, that would have been too obvious. Apparently, I don't need to go tubing (as in..on the lake..in a tube) anymore. I'm sure glad they told me! I was planning on busting out the bikini and hitting the freezing lake this weekend. Oh..there is good news! My mom didn't know that alcohol and pregnancy don't mix. That's good I guess. I can always kick one back if it all gets to be too much.
So, when you talk to me or see new pictures posted, please refrain from telling me how fat I am, how many bad habits I should break (sorry folks, not giving up the caffeine!), how breastfeeding isn't fair to my husband, why I should let the baby sleep with me (not happening!), why I shouldn't give the baby a pacifier (ha! Baby's getting the stinkin' pacifer!!!), or why a home birth is better. Instead, just pray for patience until this first trimester is over!
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We are moving along quite nicely!! Jason and I went to the doctor on Thursday for our first sonogram. (I haven't quite figured out how to post good pics yet!) It was amazing to hear the baby's heartbeat. I don't go back to the doctor for another month. I've been feeling fine lately. I have figured out that if I eat SOMETHING every hour, I'm fine. More than anything, I'm just REALLY REALLY TIRED. I'm sure all of this will pass once we get through the first trimester. My official due date is April 29th. Jason and I figured out that we will (hopefully) find out the sex of the baby right before Christmas. What a wonderful Christmas present!!!!
Ok..so I decided to start this blog for several reasons. First, I will have a great keepsake when the baby comes. I also think this is a great way for family and friends to keep up with what's going on with the pregnancy. Soooo....here goes!
Thursday night, Jason and I were talking about the possibility of me being pregnant. I decided to take a pregnancy test first thing Friday morning. We have had so many negative tests before that I didn't have my hopes up. Almost immediately, the "+" sign popped up. I ran and woke Jason up and showed him the test. We were sooooo excited. We couldn't keep it a secret. I told my best friend, Amy, and he told a friend of his at work. After school, I took another test just to make sure. It was positive!! Then, we told Jacob. He was so happy. We then went to Jason's parents' house to tell them. They were thrilled. We went to Hot Springs and spent the weekend together as a family. When I got home, I still wasn't convinced. So, I took another test!! Again, it was positive!!!! So, I'm pretty sure there's a little Pickett in there!! ;)
I go to the doctor on September 11th. I will know more after that. For those that knew me 10 years ago, I had an awful pregnancy. I was sick the entire time. If I've done my calculations correctly, I'm six weeks pregnant today. So far, no bad symptoms....well, maybe just a little emotional, but I'll take that over morning sickness any day of the week!!!