Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Who needs clothes?

I've never seen anyone so excited to be naked. When we're getting Noa ready for her bath, we usually let her crawl around without anything on for a while. I used to think she was excited to take a bath (and I still think she likes it), but I think she is much more excited to be "nakes!" I imagine it would be very freeing to be footloose and diaper-free for a few minutes. :) Anyway, she continues to put a smile on our faces all the time. She is now babbling on and on all day. She says "Dah-dy," but I'm not sure she knows what it means yet... And every time I try to get her to say Mama, she just says Gee-gee. So, whatever...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

First Ultrasound

We had our first ultrasound today to figure out how far along we are. The baby is approximately 9 weeks and 2 days old, which means the due date is August 18th, 2009. We can’t wait! But before all of that happens, we wanted to fill you in on some things and ask you to be praying with us. This isn’t because our doctor said anything negative in the appointment – on the contrary, she kept saying everything looked “perfect.” But because I am a Type I Diabetic, there is a higher risk for potential development problems, especially if my sugars weren’t perfect during the baby’s first 6 weeks of life. I’ll give you a little diabetes lesson here… any diabetic’s blood sugar is never perfect. We were never meant to think like pancreases – which is why God gave us one!

Anyway, there is a test that I take every 3 months to figure out how my sugars have been over the previous 3 months (don’t ask me how they know this), and a normal reading is around 6.0. I remember when I was first diagnosed and trying to get everything under control – my A1C at that time was about 12, which is absolutely horrible. Anyway, all that to give you a little bit of context… My last A1C reading was in December when I was pregnant, but before we knew. It was 7.2. This isn’t awful, but it isn’t great either. There were definitely some highs and lows going on. This has me somewhat concerned as doctor’s say you should aim to have it much better even before conception. Anyway, all that to say, please be praying for us and for Baby Miller in the following areas:

- For the baby to have no developmental problems, especially with the organs and spine. This prayer is most critical throughout the 1st Trimester.

- For the baby not to grow too big. This is almost a given with diabetic moms. Noa was 9 pounds, 7 ounces when she came out a week early. Had they known (the ultrasound said she was 8 pounds), they would’ve wanted to do a C-section.

- For me to have as much discipline with my eating as possible. Ummm… easier said than done – especially when you don’t feel like eating anything for the first 12 weeks. I did great with this during my last pregnancy, but it is always a struggle as insulin needs dramatically increase the further along you are. I was taking about 10 times the insulin towards the end of my pregnancy as I was in the beginning. It takes constant monitoring and an insane amount of communication with my endocrinologist.

- For healthy and honest interactions with my doctors. As I said before, they are constantly concerned and want to monitor everything, and often get very frustrated with you if things aren’t perfect. There’s a tendency with diabetics to just want to lie so they think you have great sugars. I can’t say I’m above it. ☺ But, obviously that does no good for anyone. I would love anxiety-free appointments.

- For a safe and healthy labor and delivery. We would love to have the most natural experience possible (even though I’ll be in the hospital) and to also avoid a C-section again. We will be praying that the baby even comes early as to get him or her out before they’re too big. But, of course we are most concerned about a healthy mom and healthy baby. That’s what matters most.

Above all, may God be praised for this little life! We anxiously await all that He’ll do through this sweet baby.

“For you formed my inward parts. You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” - Psalm 139:13-16

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Noa has an announcement

I'm going to be a big sis!!!!

Yep. 5 pregnancy tests later, I finally believed we were pregnant again. We weren't necessarily trying and we weren't necessarily not trying, but are so excited! I've felt worse with this one than I did with Noa, and can't wait for this part to be over, but it is definitely worth it in the end. Our first doctor's appointment is next week, so we'll have a better idea of how far along we are. According to my internet skills, I think the baby will come sometime in August, but since we basically got pregnant the very first time we could've gotten pregnant, we don't quite know for sure until the ultrasound. Anyway, we are sooo thankful for such a wonderful gift from our Heavenly Father!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Chick's First Christmas

After we opened up presents at our house, we went over Pops & Mimi's house for more fun! Here's Noa in her pretty Christmas dress with Uncle Lukie. She also has a sparkly new purse!

Lilly was the main attraction.

Then we took a plane ride all the way to Michigan!

Our first stop was Grammy Fran's house.

Ralphie was the main attraction here...

But Noa also loved the wrapping paper!

She desperately wanted to be friends with Dottie too, but Dottie was terrified of her. Noa backed her all the way into the TV stand without realizing it!

Of course she also liked seeing Aunt Abby for the first time!

It was soooo cold! We were convinced that she knew she was in a different place because she didn't even fuss when we put on her big parka.

Next we went to Grandma & Grandpa Roberts' house. We saw Uncle Chris, Aunt Beth & Uncle RJ, & Uncle Derek (sorry - I don't have pictures of everyone! You can send me some!)

Uncle Chris gave Noa a basketball game that she didn't quite know what to do with - she loved driving it though. :)

Aunt Jenny gave noa a purse with her own lipstick and money!

We miss everyone already! Thanks for having us! We can't wait to see you all again soon (we hope!).