Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94
Monday, February 28
Thursday, February 24
Here are some of our favorite families casting their votes from afar! Lauren and Hunter in NYC were hoping for a cheerleading buddy for Hunter and the Lupher family is all BOY. Elle wants a younger boyfriend!
I'm 20 weeks and HALF WAY!!!
How many weeks/days remaining: 20 weeks
Expected Due Date: July 15, 2011
Next Dr. Appointment: March 16
Size of baby: At the 19 week sonogram he weighed 10oz and was the size of a small melon.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 9lbs
Maternity Clothes: Wearing maternity pants because they feel so good. Still normal tops and regular workout clothes.
Gender: IT’S A BOY…and we finally have a name :) and YES we are telling!!! (bedding w/ monogram has already been ordered)
Sickness: I feel great!
Workout: 3-4 days a week. Turbo Kick and walking downtown
Movement: I felt something at 18 ½ weeks, nothing since
Sleep: Sometimes restless, but overall good
Pregnancy Highlights: I have been a cleaning and organizing fool. I made Lisha proud the other day by testing every marker and paint pen in the studio. I love feeling so driven to be productive...this winter was making me feel like a lazy bum.
What I miss: nothing really. Pregnancy has been great!
Cravings/Aversions: Back to eating everything I always did. No cravings recently.
Symptoms: I get short of breath very easily.
Best Moment this week: Seeing our healthy baby on the sonogram was amazing. Everything looked perfect and measured correctly! Also the gender reveal party and finding out we are HAVING A SON!!! Zach was beyond thrilled! Just watch the last few minutes of the video to see him screaming! (see gender reveal video on right side of blog). So glad we got to share the night with so many family and friends, here and out of town. It was a wonderful day! Thanks for all the love everyone!
Thursday, February 17
I know a lot of you can't be with us tomorrow night as we all watch the sonogram together for the big reveal but you can be there virtually if you don't have big plans on a Friday night! All you have to do is log onto I loved you the minute I heard your heartbeat. I threw a party just to find out your gender. I loved you the second you were born; then I saw your face and fell in love some more. You were only a minute old, but I knew I would die for you and to this day I still would. When we chose to have a child, we made a conscious decision to allow our hearts to walk around outside of our bodies.
Monday, February 14
So happy LOVE day family and friends. I hope you are spending it with someone(s) special! I have not found this chapter in any of my maternity books so I am still trying to diagnose why I love everything/everyone in site lately but we will just chalk it up to hormones!
I have two share to exciting things. First, we finally hung Zach's painting in the study. It was his Christmas gift from me but due to pregnancy sickness I was delayed in finishing it until this weekend. We spent most of our Sunday outside on the most gorgeous day constructing a frame for the canvas. Then after youth group we put the final touches on it and it's now FINALLY home on what used to be a huge empty wall. We just love it! Here are some pics of Zach during the frame construction process...
Our second bit of news came last night. We were watching the Grammy's and the Avett Brothers performed alongside Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons. They all were awesome. We got in bed and Zach was downloading all of the music so we could listen to it. Then he got out the guitar and started to learn one of the songs. Right about then I felt the strangest thing, little movements in my tummy. Looks like Baby J loves music too!! We just laughed and Z kept playing and the baby kept moving on and off for about 20 minutes! It was the most amazing thing I have experienced. I am so excited to see the little bugger again, we have not seen it in 8 weeks!
Friday, February 11
I'm 18 weeks! (2nd Trimester)
How many weeks/days remaining: 22 weeks
Expected Due Date: July 15, 2011
Next Dr. Appointment: One week from today!!!
Size of baby: Baby Jex now measures about 6 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 5-7 ounce. The size of a sweet potato.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 8lbs overall! They say right now 10 is average so my doctor will be happy!!
Maternity Clothes: Last week was the last time I bothered with my normal jeans. By the end of the day they get so uncomfortable. I decided to make the leap into maternity slacks for work and thanks to my friend Kim, I know have an entire maternity wardrobe to grow into…I am talking an entire closet full! I have worn 2 pairs of slack every other day and I am so comfortable! I would be content if I never had a zipper ever again on my pants! I have not worn the pregnancy jeans yet because I am either at the gym or at home in sweats after work but when this awful weather leaves I am sure I will venture into public more.
Gender: Gender reveal party one week from today (Friday, Feb 18, 5pm)
Sickness: I feel AMAZING. I really don’t feel pregnant, it is fabulous!
Workout: This week and last have been awesome. 4-5 workouts per week. No more ab work or sumo burpees
Movement: Not sure... I feel something at night but I am not sure if it’s movement or gas
Sleep: 2 thumbs DOWN. I have become very conscience about not sleeping on my back (favorite position) and trying to sleep on my left side because it improves blood flow and nutrients to the placenta and this in turn reduces risk of swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. Well easier said than done. I hate my left side so I toss and turn all night trying to return to my left side when I often times find myself on my back.
Pregnancy Highlights: Starting to notice a sweet little bump!
What I miss: not really anything. I really love this stage! However, I would die for some normal sized boobs right about now! I know, TMI!
Cravings/Aversions: Still love fruit and I am now back to liking everything I used to.
Symptoms: As you might have read in a prior post, I blacked out 2 Saturdays ago. According to some research at this point in pregnancy the cardiovascular system is going through a major change and your blood pressure might be lower than normal. So I guess my little spell had some merit. I also get restless legs at night especially if I am on the couch and Emma is laying on my legs. It is the weirdest feeling.
Best Moment this week: Sweet moments with Zach, he is so sweet to me and this baby. He has said and done things I will cherish forever. It’s funny how you see your spouse in a different light…and love them more then ever.
Since I am not showing in clothing yet, I decided to post a picture of Baby J's older sisters Emma and Sydney (cause who likes a blog post without pics...not this girl). This was them on my chair as I was writing this post last night. I just hope Baby J will take after their sleeping habits.... unless you are eating or walking, you are sleeping. Oh to be a dog in this house.
Tuesday, February 8
I was reading our friend Shauna's Blog this morning and it brought tears to my eyes despite the fact that it was totally hilarious. She was explaining the mental transformation she went through after wanting a girl, finding out it's a boy, and now totally loving the idea of a boy.
There are only 10 days until we find out what we are having. Deep down I can't help but think it's a girl because I know the uniquely awesome, dependent, and trusting relationship a girl has with her daddy and the close bond and 'call-me-everyday-friendship' a girl has with her mommy...because I am a girl and I am so blessed to have those relationships. But now I am starting to realize it is the same for our husbands. They were little boys who loved and trusted their mommy and daddy. So it is natural for Zach to see a little man looking up to him with adoring eyes waiting to play catch with him in the yard. When we think of our little one, we remember our childhoods. So in 10 days I know our world will be changed forever as God's plans are revealed. Boy or girl... that is not what matters. That child will be so loved and will have a father to depend on and a mother to call everyday and that is what matters!
And if you are reading this...I love you too :) Shannon loves everything.
I will now close my sappy can of pregnant worms.
Monday, February 7
So as much as I know you love hearing about baby bumps and updated weight gain I have something far more entertaining. I met this man about 9 years ago. His insatiable appetite to to fill his head with knowledge always intrigued me. He caught my eye (and heart) then and continues to be the source of so much excitement and love in my life. Since this blog has been focused on the baby so much lately I thought I would take a day to honor the baby's amazing father. I asked Zach to write me a short essay on the things he is up to on the computer after I roll over and fall asleep every night.....