more things in toilets

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Despite the risk of developing a reputation that we have a fascination with potty humor, here’s an instant Abbey classic.

It’s the perfect follow up to our last post (“things in toilets too“), enjoy!

Stay tuned for more toilet hijinks!

Also, 2.5 weeks until Liam arrives (if he shows up in a timely fashion)


things in toilets too: or, lesson not learned

August 20, 2010 2 comments

Several weeks ago we posted about a mishap involving a t-shirt in a toilet and a baby confusing a washing machine and a toilet bowl.

Evidently, we didn’t learn our lesson.

Yesterday was laundry day for our bed linens. Beth washed our sheets, comforter, and pillowcases to a whiter than bleach white – and Abbey helped.

Today Abbey decided to do laundry again.

She managed to first steal a pillow off our bed and then cram it halfway into the toilet before Beth and I discovered the transgression.

While I pray several times a week that Abbey would love being a helper to her mommy, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Here’s Abbey only minutes after we busted her for misguided helpfulness:

ultrasound update: all systems go

August 18, 2010 4 comments

Huge sighs of relief followed the ultrasound Monday morning.

The technician did her thing, thoughtfully avoiding Beth’s bellybutton due to Beth’s hypersensitive bellybutton trauma issues.

Then the doctor came in, flipped through our file, ran a quick ultrasound check up, and let us know the good news.

Dr. H (good luck spelling his last name) said that our son was growing steadily at the rate they want to see at this point in the pregnancy, that he was “very pleased with the results of the follow-up ultrasound”, and that he “saw absolutely no room for concern moving forward into the last month and a half of the pregnancy.”

No bed rest, no restrictions, just normal pregnancy care until our son decides he wants to show up and hang out with his sister.

At the moment, he is just under 4 pounds at 33 weeks, which makes him a bit smaller than average (32nd percentile), but the doctor “wouldn’t even call him a small baby.”

All that to say, we are indescribably thankful that the Lord chose to show his kindness to us through this whole anxiety-ridden process, giving much grace.

Oftentimes, that grace was most evident in the reminders that you were praying for us, the emails and Facebook messages that encouraged us, and just knowing we were not alone in all of this.  Thank you.

requesting prayer for tomorrow’s (Monday’s) ultrasound

August 15, 2010 4 comments

Tomorrow morning (Monday, August 16th) is the follow up ultrasound with our perinatologist.

Originally we were on the books for 8am, but they backed us up to 9:30am, so if you think to pray, that’s when we will be figuring out what is going on with baby boy.

If you have no clue what I am talking about, jump over to our blog from three weeks ago and you can get up to speed with the complications with our pregnancy: “Pregnancy Update: Five Long Days”

This seems like the appropriate point at which to update you on how Beth and I are doing, but to be honest I don’t really know if I can. We know that tomorrow could be good news, tough news, scary news, bad news, or a combination of any of the above. So I think we are having a tough time really knowing what to feel, and the feelings shift so fast.

Please just pray that all is well with the little guy and that the Lord would give us the grace we need for tomorrow and the faith to face whatever come our way.

Thank you for praying, we will keep you posted.

Categories: parenting, Pregnancy

trip to texas

August 10, 2010 2 comments

We were able to make a trip down to Texas this past weekend to enjoy some time with family before the start of a crazy new semester. It was a handful of days with numerous highlights, but I am going to let images do the talking and words remain few.

Here you go:

vintage video: a booger & a baby

July 27, 2010 2 comments

This video of Abbey is cute enough that I decided to suck it up and endure the embarrassment of filming the entire thing with what looks like a huge booger on my mustache.

It’s from when Abbey was yet a wee tiny baby.

I hope you didn’t let its size fool you (either the baby or the booger, take your pick), they both pack a mean punch.

pregnancy update: five long days

July 26, 2010 8 comments

I will explain more for those of you who are not yet in the loop, but first let’s all enjoy our baby boy’s first portrait:

(That’s his face, in case you can’t make it out, with his fist touching his forehead)

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For those of you who have no clue what the dramatic title is all about, let me get you updated. (If you are in the know, you can skip down to the section below):

On Thursday, Beth had a regular checkup at her midwife clinic.  She called me at work to let me know there was concerning news.

Beth informed me that she is “measuring small” – that her tummy is not as large as it should be.  In fact, her tummy should measure close to 29 centimeters, but she is closer to 24.

Problem #1: as far as we know, Wilsons don’t do small babies.

Problem #2: the discrepancy in Beth’s size could indicate a failure to thrive – that the baby is not getting the nutrients he needs to grow properly.

Problem #3: measuring small could also indicate that there is insufficient amniotic fluid around the baby, which can signal major problems at this point in the pregnancy.

For all of these reasons, the midwife was concerned and decided to send us to the perinatologist (an expert in high-risk pregnancies and ultrasounds) to take a look our son via the miracle of hi-definition ultrasound technology.

So she scheduled an appointment …

Fast forward through a weekend of anxiety, tears, sleeplessness, nervous silence, prayer, internet research, Bible studying, trouble focusing, and assorted other feelings … and you get to this morning’s appointment:

Long(ish) story short: Beth and I walked out of the perinatologist’s office relieved, but not necessarily out of the woods.

The details: What we discovered is that our son is, at this point, a bit on the small side – 2 pounds, 10 ounces (that’s the 32nd percentile, if you know what “percentile” mean).  This is not necessarily concerning, except for the fact that Abbey was a hefty infant.

It also seems that he has been thriving in the womb.

I say “has been” because his belly was a bit smaller than the doctor would have liked, which could indicate that he is not getting all the nutrients he needs and the development of his head is taking precedence over a “less vital” body part.  It is possible that he is just thin around the middle – but it’s also possible that something is not quite right.

As for the amniotic fluid, Beth’s levels were right where they should be, which was incredibly reassuring to us.

So, now what?

In three weeks we will be back to visit the perinatologist and have another ultrasound.  The doctor will compare results and see if our son is continuing to grow at a steady rate and with steady proportions (that’s good) or if his head is growing at a faster rate than his tummy (that’s not good).

Though we still don’t know exactly what is going on inside of Beth’s belly, we know that our son kicks a lot and has a steady heart-rate, so we know that, right now, he seems to be healthy.

As for now, nothing changes – no bed-rest for Beth and no diet or exercise restrictions.

As for later, we will wait and see what the next ultrasound says, hoping that all is well and he is developing at a steady rate of growth.

We are relieved and we are thankful for friends and family who love, serve, and pray for us so well – we are deeply appreciative and love you all very much.

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Final note:  Beth and I are about 95% decided on our son’s name.  We’ll let you know when we hurdle that last 5%.

Categories: Baby, parenting, Pregnancy