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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Only 8 weeks left!!!

So here I find myself 32 weeks pregnant!  No turning back now (not that there ever was that option, despite what our current presidential administrations views are on this point).  I don't know where the time has gone and as the days tick by I'm amazed at how fast her birth is approaching. 

Every morning she wakes up to Shaun reaching over and putting his hand on my belly.  She could be silent as could be for me... but she knows when it's her Daddy.  Honestly, I'd be ok, if she was on his schedule, because then she could spend some time with him before he goes to work ...and "hopefully" fall back asleep with me for a little while when he heads off.  Here's to hoping! 

So far she seems to be a pretty laid back baby and a good sleeper.  The last few times I've gone to the midwife, she's been sleeping.  And the last Ultrasound... sleeping.  Though this can be frustrating when trying to get Ultrasound pics, I'm ok with having a good sleeper (PLEASE GOD!).

I recently went to a place around here called "The Stork Connection" for her 3D Ultrasound pictures.  I made the appointment thinking Shaun would be all excited to come and thinking "isn't it awesome what they can do these days?" (because the 3D pictures are so clear).  Then as the appointment approached, I could tell Shaun was having mixed feelings (and to be honest, so was I).  He wasn't sure he wanted to "see her face" yet.  I think he figured he'd be "seeing her soon enough" and wasn't sure if he wanted to "ruin the surprise" so to speak.  And something in that resonated with me as well... but I felt mixed about it.  I felt like, "Well, I'll never have this chance again" and "Maybe it'll be something she'll want to see later" and a whole host of other arguments went through my head.

The day of the ultrasound approached and I could tell Shaun "wasn't feeling it" and ended up having to work anyway.  I have a hard time getting really excited about anything if I feel like he's not I cancelled my appointment and tried not to be too disappointed.

Then I felt guilty.  

I thought maybe I didn't give them enough notice to get another appointment (who thinks that anyway!?) so I called the day of he original appointment and low and behold the same time was open and so at the last minute, I changed my mind (again) and decided to go.  Can we say pregnancy brain?  Sheesh!

The Ultrasound went great!  She was moving like crazy, kicking up a storm.  We were getting great pictures of everything ...well, almost everything. 

Everything except her FACE!!!

It was like you'd swear she KNEW!  Every single time the technician tried to get an image of her face she'd move and we'd get a great shot of... her ear.  Or ...her chin.  Or the top of her head.  Anything but her face.  She'd stretch her neck and push into me so we couldn't see her face and no matter how I moved or what we tried, after a half hour... nothing.

I couldn't really be disappointed that she listened so well to her father.  She seems to be a "Daddy's girl" already.  We made an appointment to try again in a couple of weeks and hopefully she'd cooperate.

I left and called Shaun and he just laughed about the whole thing and said, "You should have listened to Dad!"

Two weeks later I went back for the follow up Ultrasound (yesterday).  Good Ultrasound again... but once again, NO "good" face shots.  She pushed her face into my placenta each time.  It was better than the first time and we got a few of her cheeks and such, but nothing really that clear.  Does it surprise anyone that I would have a stubborn child?  Oh, funny thing is the tech said she likes to use her mouth a lot.  Kept opening it, sticking her tongue out and playing with it.  Surprise, my daughter has a big mouth.  Well, she's a sneaky girl, but I guess I'm ok with her not showing "everything to the world" and will just have to wait to get a good look at her in 8 weeks!

(For those of you who want one...) Here's a "sneak peek" much as she'll give you.

 (Above) This is her ear (on the left) and her hand up near her cheek.  The thing to the right is my placenta that she's turned her face behind.

 She's been crossing her feet like this since her beginning Ultrasounds.  As a preschool teacher, all day long I'm saying "Sit criss cross" and I think she heard it a few too many times!

 That thing on the right side of her face is my placenta, which she kept hiding by pressing into

 Making a silly face!

 Is this over yet, so I can go back to sleep???

"See you soon!"


  1. What a beautiful little girl! Praying for a holy and safe delivery for you and Ava Marie! Looking forward to meeting her in the Fall! You are so blessed to be a Mama!

    Much love and hugs to you and Shaun,
    Maria & Ed N. :)

  2. Marijanna and Shaun,

    We'd love to hear from you anytime!
    My email is:

    Maria N.


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