Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Okay, I confess...I love this whole kid!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Busy Day!

Well, I thought that today was going to be a day where we had to choose between several things to do. Turns out, we did them all!!!!

I went to work this morning and had a busy yet not too eventful day. Working in the ER, you never know what kind of day it will be. So, that was good. Then, I came home and got Rachel and we went to what seemed like the other end of the world to Gage's 3rd birthday party!!! It was so much fun! Rachel had a blast. She played on the swings and slide and in the sand and ate hogogs (hotdog) and cookies. She really did have a good time at "Dage's" party! Brice went to a men's fellowship at the church then we all came back home. The other thing we wanted to do is watch the Razorbacks play. We caught glimpses of it but judging from the score, I don't think we really wanted to watch it anyway.....Let me just say...

I AM EXHAUSTED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Between being pregnant and toting around an ever growing belly plus a 40-lb toddler, getting up early and working at a steady pace, I am just pooped! I did get to hear the baby's heartbeat today....a nurse friend of mine got out the doppler...LOVE hearing that sound...it was 146. Slower than Rachel's ever was.....wonder if this is a boy!!!?? We shall see.

I will post pictures from Gage's party tomorrow or Monday. Too tired!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


YAY!! My friend, Krista is pregnant and I can finally blog about it!! Our first children, girls, are only 3 months apart and our next ones, according to due dates, will be about 2 months apart. I couldn't be happier for them!

I am ready to feel this baby move all of the time! I know that sounds weird but I don't like being in the stage of not really feeling him/her consistently and then thinking that something is wrong because I don't "feel" like I think I should or because one of the symptoms I have had is now gone. I like knowing that all is well. Being pregnant is a huge faith builder. It is something that you can't see yet believe that it's there and thriving. Hmm....that could be a whole other blog....

We got some of Rachel's new "big girl room" stuff yesterday. We got the sheets and the entire bedding ensemble. I ordered them last week and they came yesterday. Here is the bedding:

The room that she is moving to has a red stripe around the center of the room so this will go perfectly. We got the hamper, the comforter, the dust ruffle, pillow sham, window valance, and the little hanging squares for the walls. It is super cute and Rachel wanted to lay on it last night after I took it out of the bag. What is this bedding going to go on? Glad you asked!!!
This is her bed. I think it is very cute! We did get the trundle too so that it could sleep one more person, if necessary. We also go matching chest of drawers and a nightstand. Her toybox that she got for her birthday last year will go well and we will need to get her a bookshelf. The bed will be here the middle of October and the trundle is backordered until the middle of November.

Got a busy weekend ahead....going to have to choose which of a couple of things to do. Brice is off starting next Wednesday for a week and I am so excited!! I think we are going to take Rachel to the fair...it starts tomorrow!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Lots to be Thankful For!

I cannot tell you how many people I know right now that are pregnant. I started to write down names and then count them but I would assume that it is around 20-25. It is insane!!! I guess I am just at that age. I am so incredibly happy for all of my prego friends!!!! I love sharing this time with others that are experiencing the same things. For those that are pregnant with their first, I love being the one to tell the newly pregnant mommies to enjoy every minute because it is over before you know it! I remember thinking that I would never have the baby when I was pregnant with Rachel and then longing to feel that kick and movement inside after she was born. It is absolutely the most incredible thing EVER!

I also am reminded of the fact that there are so many that want to experience these things and can't. I find myself feeling almost guilty for being insensitive to the fact that I have so many friends that I love dearly who have lost babies in the womb or shortly thereafter and those that could/can't conceive at all. Is it fair for me to be joyful when they are watching person after person have the one thing they long for and can't have? I have often thought that I would want to be a serogate mom. Really! I have even mentioned it to Brice before...he wasn't thrilled with the idea...I think it is just a desire I have for women who want to be mothers so bad to be given that gift. Then, I have to step back and think about God and how He plays into all of this. He is Sovereign and He is supreme. He gives us just what we need when we need it. I certainly do not have all of the answers to life's problems or as to why God allows things but I do know that He is all powerful and all knowing and if He denies someone something, it is for a reason. The verse says that He will give us the desires of our hearts but those desires have to be His desires as well. I know that these things are easy for me to say....one who has a child already and one growing in my womb. Know this....my heart hurts DEEPLY for those that have lost children or those that cannot conceive. I cannot tell you how much it hurts me to know that some women cannot have biological children. I consider it a true blessing and a miracle from God that He has allowed me to birth a child and the privilege to carry my unborn child as I type this. When I was pregnant with Rachel, I looked at Brice (as if a light bulb went off in my head) and said, "Wow....God does love me. God does forgive. This is God's way of showing that to me. God is giving me a second chance." Do you know exactly what I meant? Probably not but the fact is that I do not take lightly the privilege and responsibility of being a parent...more specifically...a Mommy!

That was NOT the original intent of this post...but apparently, I needed to say it.

I started a Beth Moore Bible study tonight. It is her new one....Stepping Up. I think it will be really good. It is about the Psalms...more specificially, The Psalms of Ascent. I will keep you posted....I am excited!

Well, since this post lasted way longer than I intended, I guess I will wrap it up now. I am getting sleepy. I do have a few new pictures that I will post tomorrow!

Love you guys!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Well, what a horrible couple of days I have had! About 2:00 yesterday I started having awful pains! Almost felt like contractions in my stomach and my back but it was continuous. It lasted all night long and I didn't sleep hardly at all. I thought maybe it was just those growing pains that you get when pregnant but for 12 hours???!!! I took Tylenol....notta! It was so bad that I had a dream that I miscarried. It was horrible. I woke up at about 6:00 and got something to drink because I was so thirsty...I think I was a little dehydrated from not drinking enough water yesterday. Anyway, got up this morning, still hurting pretty bad. I ate breakfast and then later on in the day realized that the pains were from constipation!!!! It was so bad! Worse than I ever had with Rachel. I felt better at about 2:00 and I have felt great since. Lesson learned: drink LOTS of water during the day!!!!!

Um...found out yesterday that my 17 year old cousin jumped out of a moving vehicle that was going 55 mph. He has 2 spinal injuries, fractured neck, and MANY MANY broken bones in his legs. He is at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. This is the son of my uncle who committed suicide in March. He said that he doesn't know why he jumped out of the truck. It is hard to tell if he did it to kill himself or if he was just being a dumb teenager. He has needed therapy and will probably get it after this incident!

I am still loving the weather!! We are staying busy though. I am working this Saturday and next Saturday. I start Bible study on Monday night and Rachel started music class on Tuesdays last Tuesday morning. Brice is about to complete 12 years with Ernst & Young at the end of this month!!!! I am so proud of him! He really is my rock!

I FINALLY decorated for fall. We are having to start storing things in the attic instead of the extra bedroom because the extra bedroom will soon become Rachel's room! We are going to start transitioning her when we get her furniture....a good while before the baby gets here.

Guess that's about it....going to drink some more water! =)

Monday, September 15, 2008

All is Good!

Well, we are good here in the Hester household! We had a really good weekend. Rachel was a really good girl. Her old ball pit busted so I went to Toys R Us and got her a new one. This one is way cooler! And...it is DORA!!! My child is obsessed! =)

Anyway, she LOVES it and just plays in it...um....pretty much all day! I also got her a little miniature Dora doll because I realized that she doesn't have anything Dora. I bought a couple more things for her birthday and Christmas while I was there. I can't believe it is coming up so quick! We are thinking of getting her a swingset for outside.

Speaking of outside...the weather is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! I love love love this weather! Highs in the 70's....me like! I just hope it stays nice for awhile...I hate the heat.

So, we got the garage door fixed. It was a broken cable. For the moment everything is working properly...yippee! My mom got hit hard by Ike this past weekend. She lives in Hope, Arkansas and a huge oak tree landed in the middle of her house. It did quite a lot of damage and the insurance adjusters will be out to give them quotes today.

I had my 12 week doctor's appointment today. Everything is good! Heartbeat was perfect and all of my labs were great from last time. It was a quick and easy appointment. No surprises! The baby is growing....and so am I...I gained more weight than I should have but she said it was probably water weight. I don't think so, but she can think what she wants!!! =) Next appointment is October 13th where we can do the quad screening tests if we choose to and then we get another sonogram to hopefully tell the sex of the baby in November!

Friday, September 12, 2008


Do you ever feel like there are days when NOTHING works right????!!!! It seems like that has kinda been the trend since we moved into this house. Let's see if I can list all of the things that we have done since we have been here.....I am not going to list things that we have done prior to moving in like painting and replacing carpet....

changed light fixtures in several places
Brice worked for HOURS trying to fix a lighting problem in the office
air conditioner went out
replaced faucet (because it wouldn't work anymore) in the guest bathroom
had to pay a HUGE amount to get the alarm system reinstalled b/c it wasn't done correctly
the phone line was out for weeks because whoever installed it did it wrong and it was between the house and something else, so the line was pinched and wouldnt work....that took FOREVER to convince the phone company and the internet company that something was definitely wrong

I am sure there are lots of things that I have left out but here is the latest....

Our internet has been out for a week (that had nothing to do with the house, it was a router problem) but still it didn't work. Our directv box in the bedroom is wigging out and will only record and play certain shows....go figure. Then, I was trying to leave today to go to Toys R Us to look for a Halloween costume and the garage door decided to quit working. This is the ONLY working garage door we have left. We have already disabled the other one and locked it because it stopped working. I was trying to examine the door as to why it wouldn't go all the way down and I noticed this rope like metal wire hanging down in front of the door....unusual and certainly did not seem like it was supposed to be that way.

Anyway, so I called husband who gets frustrated with me because he can't understand from my description what is wrong. Then I get frustrated because he is asking me stupid questions. Rachel is in the car because we were trying to go to the store. Well, then she started screaming. I finally got off the phone with husband and started for the store and Rachel was screaming at me. I just turned around, went to Whataburger, got lunch and came back home. We ate lunch and now Rachel is in bed.

Nap time for me too!! I hate getting all worked up and it is worse right now!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


MAN....being without the internet was both good and HORRIBLE all at the same time! Good because I spent more time doing things I needed to be doing. Horrible, because well, my computer is vital to me. I do business on it and I email because I am not fond of talking on the phone! Anyway, I went into Staples 10 minutes before they closed tonight and finally purchased a new wireless router, husband installed it, and tada.....internet working like a charm!!! YAY!!!! I honestly felt completely disconnected to the world! What did they do 30 years ago??????

Not too much going on this way. I have my next doctor's appointment on Monday....ready to hear the baby's heartbeat again! Okay, some people that read this post might say that I am completely ridiculous and losing my mind or making crap up or something, but I can already feel this baby move!!! YES, I am only 12 weeks, NO it is not gas!!!! I know what it feels like and I don't care what anyone says, I feel this little person wiggling inside! So, argue if you like...I know what I am feeling. I felt Rachel early too...not quite this early! I probably won't tell the doctor because I don't want her to think I am an idiot...I guess I don't care if the readers of this think that...hmm.....

We had potty training success....twice. Rachel peed in the potty last weekend at my grandmother's house and she poo-pooed (gosh, I don't know how to spell that!!!) for me at the beginning of this week! I was so excited!! She told me she needed to go....so we went into the bathroom and she did!! She got a sticker and she was completely terrified of the whole event...probably why she hasn't gone again! O'well....it was exciting while it lasted. We will keep trying...I hear it is a long process....OH BOY!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Just To Say A Little

So, I haven't blogged much about this pregnancy. I am 11 weeks today!!! YIPPEE!!! All is going well. I have had a little morning sickness...nothing major. I have definitely been more nauseated with this little one than I was with Rachel. HOWEVER, it has not kept me from eating! =) Suddenly being off my diet when I found out I was pregnant was like a celebration but I probably won't be celebrating when I go to the doctor next!

With Rachel I craved fruity things...especially chewy candy like Starburst. So far with this one I have just wanted cold things. Not necessarily ice cream but really cold things. Mainly, I just like to eat!

Like I posted previously, we had our first doctor's appointment on August 18th and it was good. Since I work at the ER, I get to see the baby a little more than your average person. A friend of mine and I like to sneak a peek occasionally with the machine in the ER. We got to see the little person yesterday. The sono machine at work isn't great and neither was the sonographer (ME)! We did see him/her though and it was just precious!! You could see the little hands and feet, head and body. He/she was moving around and flipping and jumping! I could have watched him/her all day!!!!

Speaking of him/her.....we are trying to decide whether or not to find out the gender of the baby. I had mentioned to Brice not finding out but he said that it was ridiculous! I was a little surprised. I figured that he would want it to be a surprise. He also followed that up with, "Come on. As inpatient as you are, do you really think you could wait to find out?" My answer sounded something like this..."probably not." I like being as prepared as I can! We found out with Rachel at 16 weeks and then she told us again at 20 and then I had my 4D sono at 31 weeks and we knew for sure after that! I was SO happy! I wanted a little girl so bad. HONESTLY and people don't really believe me, but HONESTLY, I don't care whether this one is a boy or a girl. We had a discussion about this yesterday because I really wanted to know if Brice wanted a boy. He said he would like to have a boy but it really doesn't matter to him. He said that there is always the feeling of wanting to carry on your family name but another girl would be fine too. He didn't really care the first time either but I wanted a girl really bad! I think a little boy would be good so we could have one of each and I think little boys are precious but I think that it would be great for Rachel to have a little sister. I never had a sister and always wanted one. So.....we will probably find out but not for another month or two.

I know a TON of people that are pregnant right now...I am talking A BUNCH!!! I will have to write them all down and see how many there are.

I go back to the doctor on September 15th but it will likely be a quick visit. They will probably just find the heartbeat and do blood pressure and that sort of thing. I will update when I find out more. For now, I am pregnant and I am doing well! We are all doing well!

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