Mollie arrived to us on July 6, 2010 at 10:42 AM. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 6 oz and 19 inches long!
We could not be more in love and can already see the start of our little family blooming!
Thanks for your continued love and support ~Leigh Ann, Matt & Mollie

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

First real kick!

After a couple of weeks of a little 'fluttering' and a few thumps here and there, we felt the first real kick last night! I say 'real' because someone other than me (Matt) could feel it too:) It is one thing to see this being on a screen during a sonogram/ultrasound and another to hear that tiny, little fast heartbeat, but man..the actually feeling of something inside of you is just plain amazing.

We were lounging on the sofas last night and discussing our 2010 Disney trip..not sure when we wanna go, just know we want to. So, at first we are deliberating on whether we should go pre-baby or post-baby. I of course cannot ride any of the awesome rides preggers, so my vote was post. When we start to discuss if/when post-baby, there it was...a KICK! So, apprently this baby loves Disney World as much as we do and doesn't want to be left out. Yep, it's our baby alright:) We got such a laugh out of that timing. Sounds way too much like Matt and I not wanting to miss out on some fun and travel. Excited we get to share in our fun times with this new additon:)

Monday, January 25, 2010

I'm a Farmer's Market, apparently

"Baby's now the size of a sweet potato!" I open up my email this weekend as we reach 18 weeks, to see my little one described as a sweet pototo..I just love it! When Matt and I first found out we were expecting, I of course, went online, read all I could about prenatal care and signed up for numerous email newsletters. One of which tells me weekly what our baby is doing inside my belly, with growth, movement, etc and more importantly, what fruit or vegetable it resembles.

With Matt being such a foodie, this has become his favorite thing to hear. 'What fruit or vegetable are we this week?' We started off as a 'sesame seed.' Wow, that is teeny tiny. We have gone through kidney bean, plum, medium shrimp (that one was so funny!), lemon, apple and now onto the bigger veggies. Although the size is accurate I guess the weight, however, is not. This baby does not (yet) weigh what a sweet pototo does! Whew, but I know it will in due time.

It's so hard to believe or imagine that a human being that size is even growing inside of me. Around 16 or 17 weeks, I felt 'fluttering' and it honestly felt just as it sounds..Little butterfly wings tickling my insides:) Now, I am starting to feel more pronounced thumps, if you will. I am super excited to be able to distinguise a real kick, but at least I know something is happening in there:) Keep on, keepin on Lil G!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Growing pains!

Although I am just starting to show, it's no secret to my body that I am pregnant. I have felt the tightening and stretching for a while now although just yesterday morning, I woke up with a backache. Now, some of you may know that I have dealt with back issues since high school, but those seemed to be behind me--ha! Apparently you can feel backaches very early on in pregnancy depending upon where the baby is sitting. I am guessing this baby wants to test my pain tolerance early on then:)

After an 8 hr workshop yesterday I went home in pain. I got to have a little alone/quiet time, while Matt had a soccer game, which was nice since I wasn't feeling well and resulted in a fabulous bubble bath...oh the simple things in life.

This morning, I got up feeling better and went to get dressed and realized that the pants I had picked out to wear today just were not going to cut it- not even with my rubber-band trick. Eeeks. I really don't have any great maternity pants yet and figured I really didn't need them until it started to warm up a bit. So on this Thursday, I am honestly admitting that I am wearing 'mom jeans.' No, not the super high waisted kind with the light wash (whew, luckily) but rather these are jeans I bought for my mom, they just didn't fit her. They are not super cute, but man do they feel good and not tight around my waist area! Just what I needed on a another long & rainy workshop day.

I am going to continue to walk and do some pre-natal yoga which I hope will stretch my back a bit more. If anyone has any great suggestions, please send them my way, as this baby is not even 1 lb yet I don't think..we have a long way to go and I want to be ready for it:) And 'mom jeans' teasing. xoxo

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cravings and Emotions

Friends have asked me about cravings, emotions, etc and all things that come with being pregnant, so here goes in a nutshell:) I will for sure touch on other things later, too!
One of my most favorite things to ask my pregnant friends is what foods are they craving, be they normal or weird? With me, it doesn't seem to be a whole lot of cravings, but rather aversions. I can tell you a whole lot of things I DON'T want and very few that send me over the moon. For example, I have not eaten red meat in 4 months..I have no interest in it whatsoever, but thankfully the smell doesn't seem to bother me as I am around more than maybe I realized. I have not had a cup of coffee in 4 months..when I was getting the flu in October, I had zero interest in smelling/drinking coffee. That should have been my tell-all sign that I was pregnant, but two & two did not connect! I have loved salads more than ever..not such a bad craving to have I guess! I have also been loving some cookie crisp cereal, too.. every morning. My doc would not be proud of that fact and for myself, who really doesn't have a sweet tooth and eats pretty healthy, this is very strange. But tell me, when is the last time you ate cookie crisp cereal?!? It's the BOMB.

I am thankful, mainly for Matt's sake, that I have not really had any serious mood swings. He knows how I can be normally at times, so glad that has not escalated..I may end up a single mom if that happens, so I'll be keeping an eye on that:) Since getting into the second trimester, I feel AWESOME- there are seriously some points of the day that go by where I forget I am pregnant. I am so very very thankful for this health and hope our well-being continues!

I have also read that intense and wild dreams are usually part of pregnancy, but I have yet to really experience that. Although the other night, I woke up crying in the middle of the night. The humorous part is that the dream was about going to NYC for a girls weekend and I happened to buy my plane ticket off of Craigslist (go figure) and come to find out en route to the airport, it was FAKE! I seriously woke up with tears coming down my face. I got a real kick out of it! After a few days passed, Matt asked 'Have you woken up crying any more?' Glad that answer has been no, as that cannot be good for the bags under my eyes the next day, but at least we can get a laugh out of it!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thank God for Girlfriends!

As we all know, or any female reading this knows, girlfriends can be second to none at the most important times in life. I look back on when I was in the dating years & how many laughs and cries I had with them and then when I met Matt, how I had their overwhelming support and love. I knew he was special and it meant the WORLD to me that my girlfriends knew that, too.

When we were engaged and then on our wedding day, it was the most incredible time to spend with family & friends, especially my girls!! I will never forget those moments and those times together. It seems during the happiest moments, half the joy is sharing it with those we love.

Now that we are once again on a new chapter of life, I should not find it surprising that my girlfriends are once again, there for me. This time it's a bit different though. A handful of my closest gals and even my two sisters and mom, do not live in my state- right now and probably for a while, it will be hard to not have them near me. While my besties have been by my side and will always I hope, I have been drawn to new (& old) friends who now have babies or are even pregnant now, too. I feel at times as if we are speaking a totally different language than others. A secret language that makes everybody a little giddy!

All this baby lingo spoken from seasoned moms to a new mom about the best bottles, breastfeeding tips, sleeping tips, favorite baby carrier, etc..I am sooooo grateful for all of this insight and no book has told me to buy 'x' product over another. At the same time this is soooo much new information to try and absorb in a short period of time! overload at times.

Of course Matt and I want to be the best parents possible and like everything new, will include some trial and error. I am thankful I have had some wonderful girlfriends trek this road before me and give me some pointers that hopefully will make everyone happy when baby Garrett comes.

Thank you to my girls, near and far, for your continued support to Matt and I as a couple and us as new parents-to-be! This journey is just beginning...:)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Catching up..

Friends and Family, since this is our first post and we're almost 16 weeks now, we wanted to catch you up to speed a bit!
We had our first Dr. visit on Dec 10, which we thought was an 8 week visit, but turned out to be 11.5 weeks! So...when we saw the baby on the ultrasound, this crazy being had arms, legs, full spine, both sides of the brain- just facinating, especially when we thought all we'd see was a blob:) Between then and now, we have been prepping our minds and home to welcome a new baby in our lives! Reading books, buying some room necessities & cute clothes, looking at paint colors, fabric swatches, you know- all the important stuff! Ha..

The real issue these past few weeks has been the struggle dealing with/finding childcare. I have visited a few daycares in our area, none of which are awesome and also, none of which expects to take any new children this year. At all. Great..So now we are on the hunt for what seems like our ideal anyways, a nanny-share with our friend/neighbor or a sweet in-home daycare close by. I have a couple good leads and we are confident that the right thing will surface. Sooner than later we hope, so that is behind us:)

We went back to the Dr today, Jan 7 & got to hear the heartbeat for the first time, which was cool & 'nice and strong' said the Doc. (We also think baby was gearing up for this BCS Championship game tonight- ROLL TIDE!) Even though my regular pants button and loop is being held together with a rubber band, when I weighed in today I was semi-proud that I have only gained 1 lb..told Matt that I honestly think it's from me not drinking that delicious craft beer in our fridge for 4 months..hmm will have to remember that POST baby then, too I guess! More to come and we cannot wait to update you further.