She’s Here!!!

I’m pleased to announce that Baby Girl Baker finally made her grand entrance into this world!

Nora Jane Baker was born 10/15/14 at 1:56 PM after a very crazy and intense birth.  8 lb, 1 oz.  20.5″ long.  Healthy as can be!  Hopefully I’ll have the chance to write out her birth story.  Until then, I’m home with my sweet little family, adjusting to life as a family of four.

 

 

 

 

Good News

Our follow up ultrasound was today and I’m very thankful to say baby girl was just fine and the enlarged brain ventricle is no longer enlarged!  Baby Baker was moving like crazy, as usual, and measuring 2 days ahead.  The ultrasound tech even let me see her in 3D for a minute.  

It’s a…

About a week late, but wanted to share with you that we had our anatomy scan and it’s a…

Or, if you don’t want to watch the whole video, just look at the candy color:

Yep, that’s right…its’ a sweet baby girl!!!  We’re excited, but still a little in shock.  We’re in such “boy mode” right now.
Here’s our sweet baby girl:
And her apparently enormous feet.  Not sure why, but I think she might be tall (if you know us in person, you’ll know why 😉 ):

Life: An Update

Today I realized that I’m 19 weeks pregnant, and the only thing I’ve posted on here about it is our pregnancy announcement and one other post.  It’s not that I don’t have things to talk about…life just keeps seeming to get in the way.

I’m a SAHM to one busy toddler, so how busy could I really be?  The problem is that “Stay at Home Mom” is only a job description…not an accurate picture of my daily life.

A year and a half ago, my husband and his father had the opportunity to buy the business that they had been running for a number of years.  That in and of itself was crazy.  Six months ago we had the opportunity to buy the counterpart retail store on the square of our little town as well.  Somehow, remodeling and revamping a 10,000 square foot retail space wasn’t enough…we decided to open a coffee shop AND a brick oven pizza place in part of the building as well.  Add to that the fact that my husband was taking 13 college credit hours this past semester, and you start to realize that he was really rarely ever home.  We hardly got to see him unless it was at the store, and we frequented it as often as we could.

Life was crazy, to say the least.  I felt like a single parent many days.  I even traveled on a plane alone all the way out to sunny California with my wiggling, active “lap child” toddler son because my husband was far too busy to go.  I missed having family time.  I missed getting to eat dinner together every night.  I missed my husband.

Yet, somehow we made it out and things have slowed down considerably.  Only now, I’m the one working.  My husband was needing help with some office work at the plant, and I’ve been working a few hours a day to help them catch up.  The rest of the day is pretty much a wash from my son being so thrown off his schedule.  Its rough, to say the least.

And did I mention that I’m really, REALLY trying to stay on top of my garden this year?  Yeah, life is full and crazy.  Yet, somehow amidst all this craziness little Baby Baker makes his or her presence known with near constant kicks and jabs.  I’m thankful for those little kicks.  They make me slow down and really sit and think.

So there you have it…a little snippet of my life right now.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before you hear from me again.  I’m not making any promises, though. 🙂

Exciting News…

No, I’m not preggo…but someone else is!  I’m going to be an aunt again!  Andy’s brother and his wife are expecting their first little one sometime in early Spring. 

In other news, Miles will have another Baker cousin.  Due to the very strange coincidence of my sister marrying a guy with the same first and last name as my hubby (no relation, though), all of Miles’ cousins have the last name Baker.  I sure hope my sisters and sister-in-laws get married soon and have babies, or Miles will be liable to think that everybody in the world has the same last name. 😛
Here’s a pic of the latest Baker baby:

We can’t wait to meet him/her!

Meet Charlie

We’ve added a new member to our growing menagerie.  Yes, right before we have a baby.  We’re smart, aren’t we? 😉

My husband has always wanted a Boxer.  It seemed like this would never become a reality.  Finally, though, I decided that if he was going to get one, he’d better get it now.  That way, he’ll have time to train it.  Plus, let’s face it, after baby comes we may never have the opportunity to get a Boxer again.

So, last week we adopted a seven-week-old Boxer puppy named Charlie. 

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At first, Andy planned on naming him some big mean name, like “Zeus” or “Brutus”.  Somehow looking at this chill little puppy, Zeus just didn’t seem right.  And so, he got the name Charlie.

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He’s such a cute little guy, he can’t help but steal your heart.  Plus, as my Mom says, “he’s got an old man’s face trapped on a puppy’s body”.

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Already he and Sam have taken to each other…Sam’s a bit of a bully though.

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As for the cat, she’s spying on him from every corner and perch…trying to figure out what he’s all about.  Charlie, on the other hand, is completely oblivious.

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Yep, we’re crazy…but lovin’ every minute.

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Coming in August…

Right after Andy proposed to me, he played the song “In My Dreams” by Josh Turner.  It’s always had special meaning to us.  In the song he mentions “the sound of bare feet running and cartoons”.

Andy and I have always dreamed of having children of our own.  We prayed and waited and hoped for the day when we would be blessed with them, either through birth or adoption. 

Well, Andy and I have are pleased to announce that that day has come.  Coming in August, the Baker household is expecting a little bundle.  Yes, that’s right…I’M PREGNANT!  We found out just a few short weeks ago, and surprised our families for Christmas.  What great timing!

We are so, SO excited about the new life God has blessed us with.  We feel so overwhelmed and blessed by this gift, and we could hardly wait to share it with you all! 

And so, the answers to the big questions:

When are you due?  I’m estimating sometime around August 12th…close to Andy’s birthday!

Will you find out if it’s a boy or girl?  Yep.  I used to think it would be fun not to, but Andy doesn’t, so we’re going to find out. 🙂

Do you want a boy or a girl?  Either would be fine by us.  We are just happy to know there’s a baby growing within me!

Do you have any names picked out?  We’ve had a girl’s name picked out since before we were married, and a boy’s name for quite some time now, so, yes.  Wouldn’t you like to know?  I might tell you…later. 😛

What delivery route will you go? We live in a rural area, so we’re both most comfortable with a hospital birth.  There aren’t any certified midwives in the area or birthing clinics, and the closest hospital itself where they deliver babies is 45 minutes away.  So, We’re planning on going the hospital route with an OB/GYN doctor.  Other than that, I’d prefer as natural as possible…so we’ll see what happens! 

Morning Sickness? A little, but not too bad.  It tends to come in waves every once in a while, and I haven’t thrown up or anything.  I’m very blessed to know that the reason behind it is the precious life growing within my womb!

Any other weird symptoms? Being pregnant is weird, let me just tell you.  There are days I feel completely exhausted for no reason whatsoever.  Indigestion and soreness also come with the territory. 

Baby bump yet? Not yet.  I’m only 7 weeks along, so we’ll see in a couple more weeks.

First doctor’s appointment?  We have our first doctor’s appointment in a couple of weeks and we’re supposed to get an ultrasound then.  I can’t wait to see our precious baby!

I’m so excited to be able to share this new journey with you.  When I’m tempted to worry about the baby or about the future, I remind myself that this baby is His.  He created him/her, and this sweet baby is in His hands.  What have I to fear or worry about?  I know that this baby was given to us for a reason and a purpose.  I’m so pleased to get to be a part of His amazing plan!

Announcing to the World!

I have a special announcement to make…I am now the aunt to two precious little nieces!!!

On Friday, my sister (who was then at 30 weeks) went in for an ultrasound.  She had been in earlier in the week and the doctor had been concerned about the smaller of her twins.  It looked like she wasn’t gaining weight, and that the cords were twisted.

At the ultrasound on Friday the doctor decided that they needed to get the babies out right away, and rushed Natasha back to have an emergency c-section.  At 7:15 on Friday night, Jennifer Faith and Marie Natalia were born.  Marie weighed in at just 2 pounds, 4 ounces, and Jennifer weighed in at 1 pound, 8 ounces.  Thankfully, they are both doing goodwithout any major complications. 

The babies were flown to Minneapolis at about midnight that night, where they were sent to a better NICU.  The new mama is doing great, and is already out of the hospital.  She can’t wait to be able to get to Minneapolis where her babies are!

I don’t have any good pictures yet, but hopefully I’ll have some good ones to post soon.  I can say that both babies have lots of black hair…just like their daddy. 🙂

Thank you to everyone for all of your continued prayers and support.  It’s been such a blessing to our whole family, and we are praising God that these precious babies are here without any major complications!