Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all our family and friends! We hope you are staying warm and safe during all this cold weather. We are doing just fine with only a couple of power outages and over a foot of snow to report. Our Mazda Tribute is ready to go to the hospital if need be with four-wheel drive and studded if Baby Girl Martin decides to make her appearance during "Arctic Blast 2008", we're set!

Although I thought for sure baby was on her way a couple of weeks ago, it seems as if she has decided to hang out where it's warm for awhile. I don't blame her! However, mom is getting more and more uncomfortable as each day passes....and now is starting to get a little impatient. We just want to meet this little one who has kept us on our toes for the last 9 months! We know, however, that only God knows the day and time....and it will be perfect when she arrives.

Merry Christmas to all! Stay safe as you travel to visit loved ones in the coming days.

Monday, December 1, 2008

So Much to Do, So Little Time Left...

I guess it's been awhile since I've updated our blog. Since I've been able to do more, I've spent less time on the internet....which all and all is a good thing. When all you can do for months is watch TV, browse the internet and read, other things become much more enticing! I also believe I am entering the "nesting" phase....finding that we have a lot to do before baby arrives. Only 28 days until D-Day! Wow....I never thought I would actually get to this's both scary and exciting. We are so excited to meet our little one!

We had another ultrasound a week and a half ago and it showed that all of the blood clots are finally gone...praise God! The baby was measuring at 36 weeks at that point....a week and a half ahead of schedule, with an estimated weight of a whopping 6.6 pounds. Now, it's possible for the estimation to be off by half a pound or more, so I'm hoping that she's a little smaller than that....or else I'm looking at delivering a large baby! However, we are happy that she is healthy and growing....whatever her size. It is also possible that I have gestational diabetes as I had increased amniotic fluid which can be a sign of that. They offered the 3-hour test again or to just start a low sugar diet.....I obviously went for option number 2. So I will have to find an alternative way to fill my cravings for sweets the next month or so.....ugh!

We are prepping the nursery finally, with the walls painted and almost all the furniture in place. This week I have to start putting the rest of her stuff in, but there's a lot to figure out still. However, one thing that I am almost done with is Christmas shopping! I know, it's a shocker to anyone who truly knows how much of a procrastinator I am, but it will be one less thing to worry about getting done in our last month.

I will try to post some more pics from some of my showers and other events in the coming be on the lookout!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


So first off.....I survived my 3 hour glucose test without getting sick, and the good news is that I passed! So, no gestational diabetes for me....what a relief! I have now reached the 32 week mark, which my doctor had said she wanted to get me to...and thankfully, I feel pretty good and no signs of early labor yet. I am starting to get a bit more uncomfortable, but this I believe comes with the territory....8 more weeks to go!

Last week, Dylan and I attended our first childbirth class. It was actually kind of fun and we definitely learned a lot in the first session. I'm looking forward to session 2 tonight! As for my mobility status, it's been nice to get out once and awhile...although my stamina is not very good at the moment. It's amazing how much energy it takes to get around after months of not doing anything. I've been able to go to church, go out to dinner, go to the store, and visit a friend....Exciting stuff! We also had our Halloween Extravaganza at the house and I was able to participate a bit in the was a fun, but exhausting night.

Halloween Craziness at the Martin House....

Dinner with the Martin Family...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Just Another Little Bump in the Road....

So just when things are starting to look up, I received my glucose blood test lab results....and I failed! :( Am I surprised? With so many ups and downs already, this is just another hurdle to get through. Oh, and I have low iron...great! As I told my nurse Michelle, "Nothing surprises me at this point...what else could go wrong?" She chimed in, "You're almost there....things are looking better!" And of course they are....I have a beautiful, healthy little girl growing inside. God has gotten us this far and He will continue to stand by us no matter what.

So what does all this mean? Well, it could be nothing or it could mean I have gestational diabetes. I go in to have a 3 hour glucose test next Friday. The worst part is I have to have my blood drawn 4 times and I can't eat anything until after it's all over. I hate needles!

We're praying that I don't have gestational diabetes, but if I's just another little bump in the road. We'll get through it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

God is Faithful...

"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see." Hebrews 11:1

This verse has kept me going these past few months. It is such a great reminder to trust in God, even in our darkest days, for He is faithful! I have been hoping, praying and believing that God was going to heal me and continue to protect our little one. Although it's been a long journey with many days full of doubt, He has shown the power of his great love for me and my family over and over. His plans are greater than our own and although they sometimes don't coincide with our desires, He knows what is best for us....He always knows what is best!

Last Thursday, my ultrasound showed that one blood clot had completely disappeared and that the other clot was significantly smaller. Baby Girl Martin was very active as usual and looked very healthy! Although this was good news, I did not get to meet with my doctor until yesterday for the official word on my status. So the news is....I get to leave my house for 1-2 hours a day! YEAH! Of course, I still have to take it easy and not overdo it, but for now....this is excellent news! It feels kind of strange being given a little freedom that I'm not exactly sure what to do with it, but I'm sure I will figure that out.

Thanks to all of you who have been keeping us in your prayers....God listens, and He answers!

Here are some pics from the last few weeks....

The fam on Kyle's of my few times out of the house!

My hubby and me....prom style!

Who do you think is bigger? I'm thinking my bro.

This is where I have spent most of my time the past three months....

29 weeks and counting!