20 December, 2009

The "adventure" continues.....

...And what adventure is it you might ask;


the adventure of parenting.... ;)(take note of the "big sister's" shirt)


HAHAHA

Gotcha! ;)

Bet that was not a Christmas surprise that you were expecting.

Ok so now the questions start pouring in...Is it true? When are due? How far along are you? When did you find out? Was it planned or a surprise? Are you going to find out?

Well,,,,,

Before I start answering questions, let me give you a little back story.(you can skim through if you don't want to hear my rambling)

Ever since our daughter turned 1, people starting asking if we were gonna have more kids and when. My answer was yes, but not for awhile. Raising our daughter by myself for the first 9 months really wore me out and the thought have having to do it all over again, kinda scared me a bit! I was suffering from delayed post partum depression when my husband returned and I just wanted to adjust to having him home and not even think about parenting ANOTHER child.

Even when I started putting on some extra weight this last spring, people were asking me if I was pregnant again, and it seemed the more they asked, the less I wanted to have another one anytime soon.
Especially with the tough year we were having regarding the military and our future, it made me want to stick even harder to my decision to not get pregnant again any time soon.


Then all of a sudden at the end of July, some little voices starting whispering in my ear...I don't know where they came from....they just showed up. I told Josh about my idea and he looked at me like I was crazy cuz he knew how worn out I had been the last 18 months. After some prayer and some "discussions" with God, we made a decision. I would go off BC in August and we would see what would happen.
Now if you aren't familiar with our our first pregnancy, it took us a year to get pregnant with Turtle, so I didn't really expect anything to happen right away, especially with us not necessarily trying. Wellllll, God had other ideas! :)


In October, without going into "personal" details ;), I just had a feeling within a week, that I was pregnant. I was going to wait until I would have been officially 4 weeks, to take a home test, but I couldn't. The excitement and wonderment took over and at 3.5 weeks, I took a test and had a positive result!! I was kind of a little anxious at first, (you don't always get a positive that early until your hormones are higher,) that it might be twins, but that was squelched at 10 wks when we had an ultrasound! {although hubby is still not so sure, he thinks he saw something that the doc didn't catch} ;)

Anyway, needless to say, even though I have been a lot more sick and fatigued so far in this pregnancy, I am very excited for this new little miracle. I admit, every once in awhile, when Aurelia is running my patience very thin, I ask myself why I am having another one! But I know God will give me the ability to handle things as they come!


Now, on to the fun stuff!


We are due July 6th, which puts me at 12 weeks along!


Here is a pic of the little miracle at 10 wks:


Now some may ask, why we are just now telling people. IT is our thing, we did the same with the first pregnancy. In fact, don't feel like you were left out, family was JUST told this week also. We just don't share the news until we are 12 wks along.


Yes, we are planning on finding out what the sex is. We weren't going to with the first one, but at the last second, I changed my mind, we found out, but we didn't tell anyone!

This time, we will probably tell everyone!


Now that I am sure I have probably talked your ear off, I do have a few prayer requests before I let you go!

First of all, my health! Before we went off BC, we talked it over with my doctor and she at that point put me on a blood pressure medicine that was safe for pregnancy in case we got pregnant.

Although, when we did find I was pregnant, I had major qualms about being on a medication(never ended up being put on one when I was pregs with Turtle.) But after talking to several doctors who all assured me it wouldn't hurt the baby, but be better for the both of us, I finally relented and left it in God's hands. So far even with the BP meds, my BP has been high, but my normal high so nothing that the pregnancy is causing.

In the first few weeks, my headaches were almost gone, but now the pregnancy headaches have started in, and along with my normal headaches, the last cpl weeks have been tough again. I have also been given a medication for them that is safe for pregnancy, but I hate taking it, and only do so when the particular headache is more than I can bear. SO please pray that my headaches wont be too unbearable and that we can control my BP as to not let preeclampsia set in.


Second of all, please pray for my dear husband. Especially in the first few weeks where I was sick and had NO energy, he has been having to do A LOT of daddy AND mommy stuff. So far he has been a champ, but just pray that he will be able to adjust to this "new role" of having to help mommy out so much more!

And for Turtle, hopefully she wont be "scarred" ;) too much for being told to go watch her movies too many times so that mommy can get some extra rest!


Lastly, the broken record that you have heard so many times this year....we would really like to be settled on the west coast before this next one comes. I fear as usual, that J will be deployed soon after this one comes, and I would rather not have to deal with 2 little ones by myself without help this time.


And since I have now talked your ear off for what seems to be an hour! ;)

I will sign off by saying MERRY CHRISTMAS!! We hope you are spending it with ones you love!


Love, the Ramers: Josh, Marcella, Turtle, and Baby #2

12 December, 2009

Santa Baby 2009

So last year when we took Turtle to see Santa, she was almost 10 months old and we put her on the ground first to let her "warm up"..... When the store had there camera ready, I quickly placed her on his lamp and they shot this picture....within seconds she was screaming bloody murder! Being the mean mom I am, I was happy that they snapped the picture in time!
Here she is so much happier with mommy afterwards: (sorry for the graininess of the pics, they were prints scanned into the computer.)
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This year, because of our lack of celebrating the superficial part of the holiday, I hadn't really planned on hunting down a Santa for her to see, but at the last second this morning, we decided to go to J's shop's Christmas party which was being held in a (very cold) jet hangar.
Playing on a grounding point:
Loving on our Daddy Outside in the freezing cold (ok our version of freezing cold), waiting for Santa to arrive in an F-18. Yes that's right I said F-18! That's how we do it in the Marine Corps!
(And yes, I realize my daughter is not wearing a hat or dressed near as warmly as she should be, but I didn't know they were going to make us wait outside!)
Here he comes!

Oorah Marines! ;)
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Waiting in line for the big guy. We figured we'd give it another shot this year!

She all of a sudden noticed Santa was waving to her and stopped dead in her tracks....
....Daddy scooped her up to her protest and brought her over to Santa where she immediately got mad until Santa gave her a book.....
.... Needless to say, our daughter is a sucker for any kind of book, so she let J put her on Santa's knee; all while maintaining a "firm" grip on her Daddy's arm! ;) She kept checking out Santa's coat. I am not sure if that was her way of making sure she didn't look him in the eyes too much, or if she was really interested in it! Of course the child decided to give me a good picture and Santa didn't cooperate! ;)