We had a very wonderful Christmas together this year!
We spent Christmas Eve with Josh's dad and step mom and went to the late service at church. We saw his mom the day before for lunch.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
We had a very wonderful Christmas together this year!
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
14 weeks and still in prepregnancy clothing
16 weeks and in maternity jeans... only a few prepregnancy pants still fit19 weeks in one of the few dresses that I own that still fit.... I forgot to take pictures at week 18!
Posted by The Willinghams at 11:59 PM
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Last Thursday evening Josh and I went to see KTAR's A Christmas Carol performed at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix. Before going we stopped for dinner at Pei Wei. After we finished our meal we grabbed our fortune cookies.
"Wouldn't be cool if the fortune cookie told us the sex of the baby", said Josh.
"Sure would babe", I replied.
And when he opened it we saw this...
We both laughed out loud, literally. I placed it in my purse and we went to our show and had a beautiful time.
I didn't sleep at all that night. I kept dreaming of little boys and when I woke up I figured it was because of the fortune cookie, because for months I had been having dreams of little girls and thought for sure we'd see three lines on the ultrasound image.
Josh and I arrived at our appointment and when they called us back I climed back on the table and as soon as the tech touched the ultrasound wand to my belly this was the first image we saw...
That would be a penis! I was stunded and then I cried because, well I'm having a son. I thought I was having a girl, but we both wanted to have a son first and that is what we said from the begining, but after a few weeks I thought for sure it would be a girl. We would have loved having a daughter, but we love the fact that we are having a son.
The scan took nearly 45 minutes because it was an anatomy scan and the tech was capturing lots of images for my midwife to look at. He was really active the entire scan right up until she tried to capture images of his heart. That is when he settled down, tucked his chin to his chest and held his arms in front of his face, which caused them to shadow his heart.
The tech had me move to the left, and then to the right but he was very stubborn. She even pressed the wand down on his head to get him to move and he kicked me and I felt it!
Now that I know what it feels like I can feel it all the time! He is so active inside of me. It makes me smile everytime I feel him.
Tomorrow I'll be 20 weeks and will post some new pictures.
Now to pick out a name for this little guy!
Posted by The Willinghams at 6:02 PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We are getting ready for another Thanksgiving spent between two families. My in-laws are wonderful and don't apply any pressure on us to be at their place by a certain time. My mom always serves an early dinner (1-2pm) because my father works on Thanksgiving for double time and a half. My (Step)Mother-in-law also serves an early Thanksgiving because of Josh's step brothers. We go to my parents' house first because I help my mom cook and then we go over to Josh's parents' house in the early evening for desert (and sometimes seconds!). I hope in the next year or two we can host Thanksgiving at our house and just have both families come over so we eat all together.
To get ready for Thanksgiving I've been baking pie and making my Mother-in-law's homemade chocolate covered cherries. So far I've made 2 pumpkin pies, 2 pecan pies, and 3 1/2 dozen cherries. I still have two more pies to make and another batch of cherries. We'll take a pumpkin and pecan to my mom's house and a pecan to my in-law's house. The other three pies are for my gym. I know it seems silly to take pie to the gym, but baking is fun for me and I don't want to eat it since I've been working with them all day. I've been talking up my pecan pie with my trainer so now I feel obligated to take him one and if I take one to him then I feel like I should feed the other staff members too.
In addition to pie I made homemade cinnamon whipped cream!
I'm looking forward to tomorrow and know that this time next year I'll be getting my nearly 6 month old ready for his or her first thanksgiving! I'm absolutely thankful for the life growing inside of my belly and we'll find out what this little one is in just about 2 weeks! We are keeping the gender a secret until Christmas though!
This picture was taken yesterday... a much rounder tummy to celebrate Thanksgiving! 16 week and 5 days! (4 months!!)
Posted by The Willinghams at 3:19 PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I had my second appointment with my midwife this afternoon.
I was running a bit late which made me feel really horrible, because I hate to be late for any reason. I called to let them know and the nurse sounded annoyed, but when I got there they said it was no problem and thanked me for calling ahead.
I had to pee in a cup, which I did first because I had to go! And then they took my blood presure (110/70) and weighed me in. I came in a a dead even 147. That is a gain of 6 pounds total. I'm worried about large weight gain because I don't want it to get out of hand. I know that realisticly I'll gain 20-30 pounds, but being 160-170 is not something I'd like to be again, reguarless of how fast I'll loose it. I've been keeping up with walking on the treadmill and maintaining a routine at the gym though.
When she was listening to the heartbeat there was a thud and apparently that was the baby kicking! She asked me prior to listening if I had felt any kicks yet, but I haven't. She said it would feel like being lightly flicked from the inside. When she was searching for the heartbeat there was a loud thud and she asked if I had felt it, but I didn't feel anything. It's exciting to know that the babe is being so active!
My uterus is right where it should be for 15 weeks, between my pubic bone and belly button. I did ask about the pulling and she said it was round ligament pain and that as long as there is no prolonged cramping or bleeding that I shouldn't worry. I also asked why I'm so rounded above my belly button. The baby obviously isn't that high up. She said it was because of the relaxin my body is producing. It's making things a little softer is all. She said it's nothing to worry about.
She said that a lot. We talked a lot about my fears after we discussed genetic testing. I'm declining blood work to determine abnormalities because in all honesty we will love this child no matter what. And if there is something wrong with him or her, I don't want to spend the next 5 months worrying about it. I know that it could prepare me for what's to come, but I worry enough as it is. My midwife supports my decision not to find out and said that the next ultrasound can detect abnormalities if I change my mind. We talked a lot about my fears because of my brother's unexplained physical and mental disadvantages from birth-now. She understands now why I'm so worried but thinks I need to relax and enjoy being pregnant.
I didn't get to schedule the ultrasound because it has to be preapproved by my insurance so they will call me in a week to schedule it. My next prenatal appointment in December 8th and I'll be 18w5d. I'm going to try to schedule the ultrasound before we leave for Kentucky on the 18th, but if I can't then I'll do it the week leading up to Christmas. It won't give us time to order gifts to share the sex, but I can make them or try to find them at a store (though shopping last minute is not my idea of fun!). It's all fun stuff though.
All in all I'm doing well and the baby is growing fine. My midwife is pleased with the heartbeat and movement of the baby and says I'm "perfect" and not to let anyone tell me otherwise.
Posted by The Willinghams at 9:10 PM
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I'm 14 weeks today. I've been trying to take photos of my slowly growing bump, but right now I just think I'm fat. The top I wore today helped make it look more bump like, and it's not even an maternity top. I bought it at Kohl's over the summer and it's meant to be one of those flowy tops that hangs with little pleats in front. I think it will carry me for a few months which is nice. My pants no longer fit though. Those are size 10's and I thought I'd be able to pull it off, but I had to unsnap and button them after lunch. Thank goodness my top was long enough!
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Friday, October 16, 2009
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I had my first appointment with the Midwife today. Her name is Tanya and she put Josh and I at ease. I was so nervous and having Josh there with me and having Tanya answer all of questions was so great.
One of the first things she did was check the baby's heartbeat. I was scared because she didn't find it right away, but then suddenly we heard the sound of galloping horses. Hearing the heartbeat was so moving. Josh and I just looked at one another and smiled ear from ear. Tanya said the heart was beating at about 160 beats per minute and sounded very strong.
After listening to the heart we talked about the symptoms I was experiencing and she answered more questions and suggested making the appointment for the first ultrasound. We determined that date of conception was August 13th and that baby's due date is still projected as the 6th of May. The ultrasound will measure growth and we'll confirm it again.
I had to have a pelvic exam and she did it super fast. I've never had one done as quickly as she did it and that was very much appreciated. She also said that she doesn't believe in routine exams and that made me very happy because I DO NOT like being probed... also I'm very sore from the exam now so I'm glad I won't have to do that every time I go in.
After the exam and getting dressed I had blood work, which was done in office, which was great. They took 6 vials which was not so fun, but at least I didn't have to leave the office and go to another one to finish it.
Once the labs were taken I made an appointment for the ultrasound. It looked as if they weren't going to be able to get me in until the 29th but they said they would call if they had a cancellation for this week. I had to make another appointment for the midwife and pay my copay at the other window and while I did that they had a cancellation and the lady at the other window caught us before we left! So it all worked out, and Josh will be able to come to the ultrasound too!
We'll actually get to see our little one on Friday which will put me at 11w1d. We are excited to see an image of our little one even if s/he is only the size of my thumb!
Posted by The Willinghams at 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Today is our one year anniversary!
Its hard to believe that one year ago we exchange vows at our church in front of friends and family and that by this time last year we had danced, ate, laughed and already checked into our honeymoon suite for the night.
This last year has been full of challenges with me finishing my masters degree, Josh leaving Best Buy, finishing his degree, attempting to start and run his own business, almost facing foreclosure on our home, finally figuring out the cause of Josh's chronic pain and Josh starting a new job. Thank goodness that when a door closes a window opens because we did not have to foreclose, Josh decided running his own business wasn't in the cards at this moment and was offered a job working for a great company, and of course the news that we are expecting our first child.
What doesn't break us only makes us stronger.
To celebrate we had breakfast at The Breakfast club this morning, saw a movie and enjoyed frozen yogurt. We took a small break in the afternoon to relax and nap and then went to dinner at Rokerij, exchanged gifts, and then returned home to eat the top tier of our wedding cake and wash it down with a bottle of cider from the wedding. We saved both a bottle of champange and cider just in case, and its a good thing we did since we don't want to cause any harm to the baby.
Just an FYI though, fondant does not hold up well in the freezer for a year, but the wedding cake was moist and delicious!
All in all it was a great year with many more ahead of us!
Posted by The Willinghams at 9:22 PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We are half way through the first trimester!
So far I'm experiencing all of those lovely first trimester joys including:
"morning" sickness; which shows up right after dinner
bloating (and those things associated with it)
enlarged and tender breasts
All in all it's not too bad even if my facebook status appears snarky. The end result will be worth it all.
I had a doctor's appointment with my GP last Tuesday and they had me pee in a cup to confirm what we already knew. We went over some basics and then gave me a list OBGYNs to contact. In the process of calling I found a practice that has CNMs (Certified Nurse Midwife) and I made an appointment with one of them. I see her on the 13th, which is still two weeks away. I hope we'll get to hear the heartbeat and see our little belly bugg for the first time.
Josh has been super supportive and has taken on all of the animal related chores so I don't have to be exposed. He's also been reading all of the pregnancy books that are laying around the house and picking up on the chores I've let become lax.
Over all everything is going well!
Posted by The Willinghams at 8:17 PM
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Recently Joshua and I found out we would be expanding our family.
Its still early as we are only 5 weeks along, but we are bursting with joy! We have our first prenatal appointment on September 22nd. It feels so far away from now!
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Monday, May 11, 2009
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
So much is going on for us these days!
Josh finished his undergrad work back in March and will officially be a graduate student come this September. After 14 years Josh was finally able to finish him Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and will be persuing his MBA at Grand Canyon University this fall. Ottawa will have their graduation at the end of this summer so Josh doesn't get to walk until then.
I will be completly done with my graduate career this Tuesday and will be recieving my MEd in ECI on Saturday. I'm completly ready to be finished with school! I have no plans on going back to school anytime soon, however I'm considering taking on another Masters in Special Ed in a few years (maybe after we've had some children).
I'm about ready to wrap up another school year and Josh has been working hard on his new business and even has a few clients! This new year is flashing before our eyes and we hardly noticed that we'd been married for 6 months! It's hard to believe that it's almost been 7! Before we both know it we'll be celebrating our first anniversary. No professional pictures as of yet, which is why I haven't posted anything. Apparently the digital artist our photographer works with has been sick. I hope that we recieve finished photos back before our one-year mark!
All is well in the Willingham house hold. All four kitties and the dog are sheding in preperation of the summer and we are chasing them around the house with the vacuume to try to keep up. No children planned yet, but maybe we'll start doing that in the fall.
Posted by The Willinghams at 3:28 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
It truely was one of the most special moments of the night.
(I’ll Always Be With You)
For Joshua and Victoria Willingham’s Wedding
Music and Lyrics: Warren H. Willingham II
DID YOU EVER BELIEVE IT COULD TURN OUT SO WELL
AND YOU WOULD FIND SOMEONE, SOMEONE YOU SHOULD TELL
I SHOULD TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, IT’S TAKEN SO LONG
WHAT GOD BRINGS TOGETHER COULD NEVER BE WRONG
HOW LONG IS FOREVER, DOES ANYONE KNOW
AND WHAT IS A LIFETIME, I’M NOT REALLY SURE
BUT I’M SURE THAT HEAVEN IS WHEN I’M WITH YOU
NOW WE’VE GOT EACH OTHER, THAT’S HOW WE’LL GET THROUGH
NOW I’VE ASKED YOU TO SPEND YOUR LIFE WITH ME
WE’LL HAVE GOOD TIMES AND HARD TIMES
SOMETIMES WE’LL DISAGREE
BUT NOW WE CAN FACE IT TOGETHER
AS STRONG AS TWO PEOPLE CAN BE
STRONG FOR EACH OTHER, FACING FOREVER
AND KNOWING HOW GOOD IT CAN BE
DID YOU EVER BELIEVE IT COULD WORK OUT THIS WAY
IT’S THE WAY THAT IT SHOULD BE, WE ARE ONE HERE TODAY
AND I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER AND A DAY TO BE SURE
I’LL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU, I’LL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU
Posted by The Willinghams at 3:49 PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
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